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5 Best Foods for Joint Pain and Arthritis

By    |   Friday, 28 Aug 2015 12:46 AM

Choosing the best foods to put into their mouths can help arthritis sufferers ease the pain they feel in their joints.

Various joints become inflamed for sufferers of the disease rheumatoid arthritis, potentially triggering stiffness, pain, swelling and a possible loss of function, according to the University of Maryland Medical System. While there’s no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation said certain foods have been shown to benefit sufferers by boosting the immune system, strengthening bones, and fighting inflammation.

Here are five of the best foods for dealing with joint pain and arthritis.

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Whole Grains
These fight inflammation by lowering the blood’s levels of C-reactive protein, “a marker of inflammation associated with heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis,” the Arthritis Foundation said. It recommended arthritis sufferers eat such foods as whole-grain cereals, brown rice and oatmeal.

Beans
These are an excellent source of protein, which helps maintain muscle health, said the Arthritis Foundation. It said beans contain considerable fiber, which helps lower a person’s level of C-reactive protein.

Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids – which help fight inflammation and decrease certain symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis – are found in oils from certain types of fish that include trout, anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerels, and wild salmon, said Everyday Health. It added: “A study of healthy adults at Ohio State University found that fish oil supplements reduced their anxiety and inflammation, factors that can lead to conditions such as (rheumatoid arthritis) later on. Consider eating fatty fish like salmon twice a week or supplementing with fish oil capsules.”

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Soy
Soybean products such as tofu and edamame provide the “inflammation-busting benefits of omega-3 fatty acids” while being heart healthy, high in protein and fiber, and low in fat, said the Arthritis Foundation.

Dairy Products
A good way to increase bone strength is by consuming low-fat dairy products – such as cheese, yogurt and milk – which contain considerable amounts of Vitamin D. “Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption, and it has been shown to boost the immune system,” said the Arthritis Foundation.

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