Arthritis Foods

Written by James Lyons
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Certain foods aggravate and exacerbate inflammation and other foods decrease inflammation caused by arthritis. Animal and dairy products contain saturated fats that have been known to irritate arthritis pain and inflammation. On the other hand, oils found in nuts, seeds, and some cold water fish might actually play a role in reducing inflammation in the joints. Your joints pay attention to what you eat.

Omega-3 oils, like flaxseed oil, help the body reduce inflammation in the joints and other areas of the body. Vitamin C can facilitate the healing process in damaged connective tissue. In contemporary therapy, bromelain is used for its anti-inflammatory properties following surgery; it also reduces swelling in the joints for those who have an injury or suffer from arthritis. In addition, glucosamine sulfate encourages general health in the body's connective tissue.

Herbs and Other Arthritis Foods

Certain herbs have also demonstrated natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. White willow, meadowsweet, Jamaican dogwood, and turmeric are all considered anti-inflammatory herbs. If you're experiencing joint pain caused by arthritis or bursitis, the best way to take these herbs is to dissolve them in a solvent and take them with a dropper.

Emu oil is another supplement people can take to relieve their arthritis pain. This substance penetrates the skin as well as or better than any arthritis product on the market. It helps lubricate the joints, relieve pain, protect the skin, and encourage overall health to the region of the body where it's applied.

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