5 Foods That Help With Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is simply a word that describes pain associated with inflammation and stiffness of joints. While there are many causes to this, the fact is when we alter our internal health for the better we can lower inflammation, increase movement and get our full quality of life back. Typically doctors will look at X-Rays or MRIs and state that if you have normal joint degeneration this constitutes arthritis, which is simply not the case. Changes in the joints that include changes in the shape of joints is fairly normal. In fact many people with no joint changes have joint pain and many times people with severe joint degeneration have no pain and fairly full function.
I find there are two other factors which are much more important: First, our inner environment as it relates to inflammation; and second, our internal stress levels and emotional health.
In this video we will cover 5 Foods that Help with Arthritis:
Beets have certain plant nutrients that block inflammation by inhibiting the same enzymes that Motrin and Ibuprofen work on. Beets have betaine. Betaine is an amino acid, also known as Tri-Methyl Glycine. It is a potent anti-oxidant and it protects our bodies from toxins. To heal pain in joints we need to be able to detox well. Beets also have a lot of magnesium, which is critical for pain and joint health. Betaine is a by product of choline synthesis. It is a methyl donor and thus needed to detox our bodies. Joints need healthy detox functions! It is also great for our hearts. With exercise its great to build muscle, which is great long term to help with joint pain. Betaine is great for digestion and the right production of HCL, which is needed long term for healing joints.
Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain has a powerful effect of “eating” up inflammation. It is extremely well studied in joint pain and in european countries is often the treatment of choice for acute and chronic joint pain.
Cytokines are proteins in the human body that yield inflammation. Garlic as a food , helps this process because it contains substances that block inflammation. The plant nutrients inside garlic promote joint health naturally because they block the production of cytokines, prostaglandins, and interleukins. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant that has a direct impact on joints. This protects us from rancid fats and something called lipid peroxidation which wreaks havoc on joints. It aids in digestion and gut health which over time helps joints.
Ginger is very helpful for joints. Ginger contains phytonutrients called gingerols. In one study ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo! Ginger has a powerful compound called 6-Shogaol. 6-Shogaol inhibits the release of swelling-causing chemicals that can damage nerve cells.
Turmeric has been around for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Choinese medicine. It treats arthritis by blocking cytokines and pro-inflammatory enzymes. It is a COX-2 inhibitor just like Motrin. A 2010 study demonstrated that a curcumin supplement gave solid improvement in function and pain in 100 patients with knee arthritis. In a 2012 study, curcumin was shown to reduce joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA as compared to a drug called diclofenac.
Wheatgrass is filled with amazing health benefits. It only has about 10-15 calories per teaspoon and is completely free of fat or cholesterol. It has nearly a gram of protein per teaspoon and contains Vitamins A, B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, C, E, and K! Plus, one teaspoon of wheatgrass contains about 15 mg of calcium, 8 mcg of Iodine, 3.5mcg of selenium, 870 mcg of iron, and 62 mcg of Zinc.
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