Arthritis affects over 10 million people in the UK. As its Rheumatoid Arthritis week we have listed 5 foods that could help relieve the pain or even reduce the risk of developing the condition.
Fish is a great way to increase your Omega-3 intake whilst reducing the potentially harmful Omega-6 fatty acids. Tests have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce joint swelling and pain for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. More recent press reports also seem to prove that Omega-3 helps prevent visual impairment in later years.
The Mayo clinic conducted an 11 year study into rheumatoid arthritis. Results showed that those people who regularly ate Broccoli had a 35% lower risk of developing arthritis. If you can’t get your hands on fresh broccoli then add Brussels sprouts or curly kale to your dishes!
Cooking with olive oil and using it on your green salads has been shown to help reduce pain and stiffness in the joints. Olive oil contains oleic acid or Omega-9, a monounsaturated fatty acid. So the next time you want to eat a nice salad why not mix 3 parts olive oil with 1 part balsamic vinegar. Add a teaspoon of oregano, half a chilli and two cloves of crushed garlic. Mix well then drizzle!
Studies have regularly shown that ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and also has antioxidant properties. Just be cautious if you are currently taking any blood thinning medication and check with your GP before using it in your diet. When you are cooking your fish, why not grate some ginger over the fish with a dash of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon some cherry tomatoes and fennel. Wrap the fish up in tin foil and cook it at 220 ° C / Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes.
We are always being reminded of our 5 a day and making sure we eat enough fruit is essential if you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies show that a diet rich in Fruit that contains Vitamin C can help reduce the risk of developing arthritis by 30%. So make sure your fruit bowl is always overflowing with strawberries, oranges, mangoes and pineapples! It’s also recommended we eat plenty of berries such as cherries, raspberries and grapes.