7 foods that help fight arthritis and back pain
Though there are no known substances or foods that will suddenly turn back the clock and reverse the aging process, there are certain foods that we can eat that can remove free radicals from our body, and to block the spread of chemicals near damaged joints that increase inflammation. Some things in our food may give us more enduring energy, as opposed to cheap sugars, so that we will still have the strength to make it to the gym after a long day of work. There are also some foods that promote the healing process for joints and muscles that have become fatigued from strain and overwork. Let's take a look at the 7 foods, and their active ingredients, that help fight arthritis and back pain.
- Green Tea. Green tea is one of the world's oldest drinks. This beverage is very valuable to our society as a health drink, and because it tastes delicious. The green tea leaf contains certain antioxidants that can decrease the rate of flare-ups of arthritis and intensity of pain levels when flare-ups do occur. The ingredient involved in back pain relief is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG decreases the release of certain substances, into the bloodstream or surrounding tissues, of substances that increase inflammation. Patients with arthritis and back pain are encouraged to drink a lot of this tasty drink, as much as 3-4 cups a day to achieve the benefit or arthritis relief and inflammation reduction. People who drink a lot, should drink decaffeinated green tea after 12:00p.m. to avoid having trouble sleeping at night. Green tea won't cure arthritis or guarantee to eliminate pain, but it should help.
- Tart Cherries. One study, published by the University of Michigan, indicated as high as a 50% reduction in inflammation in animals. A 2009 study published by the Baylor Research Institute found that more than half of all osteoarthritis patients taking cherry pills reported a 20% reduction in their pain levels after 8 weeks into the trial. The active ingredient in these cherries is anthocyanins, a power antioxidant that decreases inflammation and gives the fruit its vibrant color. Anthocyanins substance is also found in eggplant, black raspberries, and grapes. To get the anti-inflammatory effects from this natural food, people should consume a half-cup in solid form or as a juice. Fresh forms if these cherries, either made into a juice or eaten solid, is more likely to give patients the desired effects.
- Leeks and Onions. Onions and Leeks, as well as other natural fruits and vegetables such as apples, tomatoes, cherry, and kale, contain a substance called quercetin that decreases inflammation. Quercetin inhabits inflammatory chemicals in a similar manner to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, but without any of the negative effects. To receive the benefits of these quercetin containing foods, people shout eat one-half cup daily.
- Brazil Nuts. Recent studies have suggested that patients with high levels of selenium -272, found in Brazil nuts, had a 40% lower risk of arthritis than those with lower levels. Brazil nuts are native to South American countries such as Brazil as well as Columbia, Brazil, and Guianas. People may be able to find them at their local grocery store, or at online stores such as nutsonline.com or superiornutstore.com.
- Vitamin C rich foods.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fatty fish with high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids