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6. Fruits and Vegetables
Perhaps one of the best ways to reduce inflammation is to eat lots of foods with plenty of antioxidants, which kill free radicals. Fruits and veggies that are bright in color get those rainbow hues from flavonoids and carotenoids, which are potent antioxidants. Some of the produce that have the highest antioxidant levels are:
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has proven health benefits for just about everyone. This spice has been used for hundreds of years in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for the symptoms of arthritis. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic compound. Turmeric can reduce joint pain and arthritis pain by reducing inflammation.
8. Vitamin C
This is another well-known antioxidant that is vital to the immune system. Consuming plenty of (but not too much) vitamin C has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of developing RA by at least 30 percent. Some of the best sources of natural vitamin C are:
- Bell Peppers
- Kiwi fruit
Try to get your vitamin C through a healthy diet as high doses of vitamin C supplements have been shown to cause arthritis flare-ups.
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Studies have shown that ginger root reduces inflammation, something many cultures have known for years. Adding some fresh ginger root to your cooking or drinking several cups of ginger tea each day has been shown to greatly reduce the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
10. Whole Grains
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that whole grains can reduce inflammatory markers and prevent arthritis flare-ups. Whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, barley, and whole wheat pasta and breads can help you avoid painful flare-ups, as well as help maintain a healthy weight, which is important for taking the stress off joints.
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