Osteoarthritis: 5 foods for pain relief
Health depends on what we eat. This is also the case when one suffers from diseases such as osteoporosis, for which there are only symptomatic treatments. Some foods are also specifically mentioned.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease and is characterized by the destruction of cartilage that extends to all joint structures (spine, fingers, knees, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle). Its development is unpredictable and today there are only symptomatic treatments (analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid infiltration, etc.).
However, some non-pharmacological measures are necessary to reduce the progression of the disease. In addition to regular physical activity, it is also recommended to monitor your weight and diet. Some foods are also recommended especially in case of osteoporosis:
Turmeric is a healthy spice that is gaining ground due to its many benefits. Besides its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it also contains antioxidant properties. According to Dr. Frank Jejun who specializes in medicinal plants, thousands of studies have been published on this topic over the past ten years. Polyphenol pigments, called curcuminoids, have shown notable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”
Thus turmeric has a real beneficial effect on osteoporosis, and in particular makes it possible to reduce the stiffness and pain caused by this disease.
Ginger is a medicinal food that has been used since ancient times. This pungent and tender rhizome has many virtues. In particular, it helps calm nausea and stimulates the secretion of bile and thus facilitates digestion. Its aphrodisiac properties are particularly well known.
Another advantage of ginger is its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties because it contains gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone. Therefore, this spice is a real ally in the fight against joint pain and, accordingly, osteoporosis.
Like all small red fruits, cherries are full of antioxidants. Good to know: Sour cherries, used to make juice for example, are five times richer in antioxidants than sweet cherries.
It is the anthocyanins in tart cherries that give them their antioxidant properties. If you have a hard time finding this fresh fruit, feel free to buy it in juice form. Athletes have also praised this drink for relieving their joint pain. So if you suffer from osteoporosis feel free to drink it.
Omega-3 helps fight infections. And that's good because nuts contain a huge amount! It is distinguished from other nuts and oilseeds by its particularly high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially in the form of omega-3.
Do not hesitate to include nuts in your diet daily, they will relieve joint pain associated with osteoporosis. Know that this oily fruit has an optimal ratio of omega-3 fatty acids (compared to omega-6 fatty acids) found in our diet.
Cabbage is part of the cruciferous family. This vegetable is rich in vitamins B1, B6, C and K, iron, manganese and also in antioxidants that are especially recommended as part of an anti-arthritic diet.
Ideally, cabbage should be eaten raw or undercooked, as it loses some of its healthy properties (glucosinolates) during cooking. Even if cabbage is the richest species in antioxidants, feel free to eat Brussels sprouts, kale, red cabbage, broccoli ...