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Archive for June, 2009

Reduce Your Pain From Arthritis

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

If you’re someone who is sick and tired of the arthritic pain you feel each day, you’re not alone.  Arthritis plagues the bodies of many older adults and seniors.  The good news is there are diet adjustments you can make that will actually have a positive effect on joint pain and inflammation.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, tangerines, and limes are known for their high concentration of vitamin C, but they also contain anti-inflammatory compounds called polymethoxylated flavanoids. These flavanoid compounds include tangeretin, sinensetin and nobiletin, and serve as antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatories.

Nobiletin especially has been a part of latest research developments, proving to be a natural arthritic treatment which also prevents the breakdown of cartilage in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Omega-3 Fats

EPA and DHA are healthy Omega-3 fats found in certain types of fish including salmon, mackerel, and sardines, as well as in nuts and green leafy vegetables.  Both fats help manage the common arthritis symptoms that so many seniors and older adults suffer from – specifically joint pain and stiffness. On the contrary, Omega-6 fats found in animal foods are actually subject to increase pain and inflammation of the joints. An imbalance between the two types of Omega fats is actually linked to multiple chronic diseases, including arthritis. If you do suffer from chronic arthritis, it is wise to limit your intake of milk and dairy to lessen your joint pain and inflammation.

Natural Supplements

Over and above your every-day diet, you can take certain natural supplements to help reduce the pain you feel as a result of your arthritis: glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM. Glucosamine and chondroitin are known to protect the body from cartilage breakdown, to maintain and rebuild joints and reduce overall pain experienced from arthritis.

MSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane) is a sulphur compound believed to improve joint flexibility and to reduce the stiffness, swelling and joint pain commonly associated with arthritis. Due to overprocessing, many of our foods are often lacking their natural sulphur components, making MSM an important source in the North American diet.


Combination

Consider combining a diet containing anti-inflammatory and joint-paint reducing foods, with natural recommended supplements working to prevent cartilage breakdown and improve the maintenance and rebuilding of joints. Together, these can help to reduce the pain you feel from arthritis and help you live a happier and less-limited life.

*Information gathered from Manna Health Group in Vancouver.
*Consult your family physician before making any alterations to your diet and/or supplement intake.

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