Top 10 Foods Proven To Fight Inflammation From Arthritis

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Arthritis affects people through many forms – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and gout. There are around 50 million people in our country that suffer from arthritis based on information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the different types, osteoarthritis is the one that most people are diagnosed with most often.

While there are prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies that work to help relieve the pain caused by arthritis, there are foods that can contribute to easing the chronic discomfort of this incurable disease. Physical therapy, massage treatments, and alternative methods, such as acupuncture, all offer different levels of comfort to arthritis sufferers. The following list includes 10 everyday foods you can pick up at your grocery store that can give you a temporary reprieve from the pain of arthritis.

 

1. Fish

The kinds of fish that helps the inflammation caused by arthritis contain omega-3 fatty acids. The inflammation that is a side effect of arthritis causes the joints to swell up and ache. Fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids are among the most powerful foods that fight this inflammation. Eating fish such as albacore tuna, salmon, Atlantic mackerel, lake trout, sardines, and herring in servings of 3-6 ounces up to four times a week should help.

 

2. Cherries

The benefits of cherries in easing the pain of arthritis has been tested in many forms. It has been found to be effective in treating gout as well as osteoarthritis. A study in 2012 showed the results of 633 patients eating a minimum of 10 cherries every day resulted in a “50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period.” The clinical trial was conducted at the Boston University Medical Center and published in the Arthritis & Rheumatism journal. In other studies, it was found that tart cherry juice (two bottles a day, 8 ounces each) dramatically decreased the pain level in those suffering from osteoarthritis.

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