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What are the best foods for people with Osteoarthritis?

February 4, 2013

 

Osteoarthritis sufferers should always follow a regimental diet to strengthen bones and joints, as well as reduce their inflammation and pain. Most certainly, if the person is overweight he or she will need to make a change in their eating habits to reduce the load placed on their joints.

Inflammatory processes lead to a state of body stress and this occurs in people with Osteoarthritis. In order to reduce the damage it is sometimes recommended that you eat garlic, leek, onion, scallion, broccoli and cauliflower for example. As these vegetables have sulphur compounds with antioxidant properties that can help fight active molecules created by the stress.

Eating at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day will help to reduce your energy consumption and so help regulate your body weight. Fruit and vegetables are also an excellent food source of antioxidants, especially those that are dark-green and yellow-orange coloured.

 

 
Osteoarthritis and Omega-3 fats

Osteoarthritis sufferers should also reduce their consumption of processed and refined foods. Eating lean meats is beneficial, as also fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon as these fish contain Omega-3. It is well known and backed up with studies that Omega-3 fats have beneficial properties and act well on the immune system. They also help reduce the production of cytokines. These molecules have anti-inflammatory activity and are increased in processes such as Osteoarthritis. Omega 3 fats can also be found in plant foods such as nuts, flax seeds and chia, avocado and canola oil. Omega-3 should also cover more than 10% of total calories in your diet. It is suggested that Osteoarthritis sufferers with inflammatory processes eat a fish portion at least 3 times a week. Osteoarthritis sufferers can also supplement their diet with a handful of nuts every day. Osteoarthritis sufferers should also avoid saturated fats and cholesterol. As these fats are found in meat, and dairy products such as mayonnaise, butter, egg yolk, cookies, cakes, chips, processed foods and margarine. These fats create a pro inflammatory response in the body and so symptoms of Osteoarthritis sometimes worsen.