Foods high in vitamins C & D
like broccoli & fish can slow
progression of arthritis.
can happen at any age. Sore joints begin to limit the activities
you enjoy. The knuckles on your fingers seem swollen, your knees
and ankles seem to ache a lot, your back hurts when you wake up
in the morning...
For most, symptoms of arthritis come as you age. You may be thinking about starting an aspirin a day routine or other medications to ease the aches. Stop in and see your health care professional before you begin any medications and while you're there ask about how your diet can help keep arthritis at bay.
minerals have been shown to reduce the risk of certain chronic
diseases such as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Recent
research is also showing that vitamins may also play a role in
protecting us against problems related to arthritis.
to data from the Framingham
Heart Study – an ongoing study of more than 5,000 men and
women from Framingham, Mass., that started in 1948 – people with
C in their diets had higher bone density. Low bone density
is a major risk factor for fractures. Other studies have found
that higher bone density means stronger bones, as well as a reduced
risk of osteoarthritis progression and even prevention of knee
pain. This finding came from a study of 25,000 people conducted
by British researchers at the University of Manchester and Cambridge
is needed to make collagen, which makes up cartilage. Cartilage
and not having enough leads to deterioration and osteoarthritis.
Vitamin C is thought to play a role in treating rheumatoid
arthritis because it battles free radicals that injure cartilage.
also shown that osteoarthritis sufferers who took beta-carotene
daily exhibited a decreased progression of this disease. People
suffering from arthritic knees who added vitamin D to their diets
were less likely to suffer from arthritis in the future. Vitamin
D is needed for the proper absorption ofcalcium.
If you're concerned that your diet doesn't provide enough vitamins
and minerals, consider the benefits of a daily multivitamin supplement
as nutritional insurance.
& Rheumatoid Arthritis - Johns Hopkins guide to vitamin and mineral deficiencies in RA patients with tips on suggested foods and supplements, and the benefits of Omega-3 fish oils with related references.
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