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Foods to fight arthritis
January 19, 2014, 11:20 am

People suffering from arthritis often notice that their pain can ebb and flow based on diet, activity level, and even the weather. Here are some foods that arthritis sufferers could include in their diet to relieve discomforts.

Bell Peppers: The Vitamin C in bell peppers acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants battle the free radicals in the body helping to reduce the amount of inflammation and thus decrease the pain and discomfort felt from arthritis. Bell peppers are easily worked into most meals and give an instant vitamin boost along with supplying the body with antioxidants to limit damage from free radicals.

Olive Oil: Olive oil represents a healthy fat, and is one of the better oils that can be used for cooking. But make sure that you are using a high-quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil so that you get the most out of it. The great part about using olive oil is that it contains ingredients that act the same way that over-the-counter painkillers do.

Shrimp: Shrimp and other shellfish can help symptoms of arthritis, as long as you don’t have any allergies to them. Shrimp also makes a healthy choice because of its protein content. It is a versatile food that can be used in a variety of recipes, or simply stir fry it up with some vegetables in olive oil for a complete meal that should work to lessen the amount of inflammation you’re experiencing.

Apples: The vitamins and antioxidants in apples offer a host of health benefits including fighting arthritis. Apples can be used on just about any diet program to help you lose weight if needed, which in turn can reduce the strain on joints and help with pain and mobility issues.

Sweet Potatoes: Their orange color is a giveaway that they contain beta Carotene, as well as additional antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Try substituting white potatoes with sweet potatoes whenever you get the chance, and reap the benefits from these more nutritious spuds.

Spinach: One of the healthiest foods you can eat, spinach provides a heap of benefits to those with arthritis. Spinach is a hydrating vegetable and is packed with phytonutrients that help your body function at its best; the fiber in it regulates your digestive system and also aids in decreasing inflammation levels in joints.

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