Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and the two most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While it can be treated with medicines, lifestyle changes, as well as exercise, Dr. Humeira Badsha, Consultant Rheumatologist and Board Member at Middle East Arthritis Foundation reveals there are also many foods that can ease inflammation and help relieve pain.
Fishhigh in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout have potent anti-inflammatory effects. They decrease joint pain intensity, morning stiffness, and the use of pain relievers.
Ginger blocks the production of substances that cause inflammation. Consuming ginger in fresh, powdered, or dried form aids in reducing the symptoms of arthritis.
One of the healthiest foods out there, broccoli contains sulforaphane, which could heal inflammation, according to studies.
These nuts are nutrient-dense, associated with reduced markers of inflammation as well as high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Two weekly servings of strawberries lower the chances of an elevated level of inflammatory markers in the blood by 14 percent. Berries are rich in plant-based compounds quercetin and rutin that boast a huge number of health benefits.
Patients’ who consumed an olive oil capsule each day for 24 weeks showed a near 40 percent decrease in symptoms. Olive oil is an integral part of a diet designed to treat arthritis.
Spinach and leafy greens
While all leafy greens combat inflammation, spinach in particular contains the antioxidant kaempferol that decreases the effects of inflammatory agents.