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Controlling your osteoarthritis pain: 5 foods to eat and 5 foods to avoid

Best 5 Foods to Eat

It is essential to adopt a food rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and healthy fats in order to manage OA symptoms. Examples include:

Oily fish. These fish contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce symptoms of OA. In salmon and mackerel are examples of Omegga-3 fatty acid rich fish.

Fruits and veggies. Vegetables and fruits reduce inflammation, and they are rich in antioxidants. Not only they provide digestive benefits, they are also high in fiber, which can promote a healthy weight.

Nuts. The nutrients found in nuts include calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios all contain healthy monounsaturated fats that are anti-inflammatory. 

Garlic and onions. Garlic and onions are high in diallyl disulfide, which has been demonstrated to slow cartilage breakdown.

Beans. Beans contain a high amount of fiber, also known to lower C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker in the blood.

Top 5 Foods to Avoid

In contrast, some foods are known to increase inflammation aggravate osteoarthritis. It is best to avoid these foods or to consume them sparingly. 

Red meat and fried foods. A high level of inflammation-stimulating advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is found in fried or grilled foods. Saturated fats, which increase cholesterol levels and may worsen inflammation of the joints, are also high in red meat.

Sugars. The processed sugars in sweets, pastries, and soda may trigger the release of cytokines, a protein that increases inflammation in joints.

Refined carbohydrates. White bread, pasta, crackers, rice, and other refined carbohydrates can increase blood glucose levels, increasing body inflammation.

Alcohol and tobacco. Smoking and drinking alcohol causes the body to inflame. The long-term effects of smoking cessation and abstaining from alcohol, although challenging today, may prove beneficial for people with OA and also improve their sleep in the future.

Final thoughts 

Good food can play a significant role in combating OA, and many other lifestyle changes can further reduce inflammation and pain. Explore the effect of your diet on your arthritis symptoms and other methods to deal with them with the help of medical practitioners. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hilal at 562-534-2606

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