There are some foods that have risen in popularity due to their amazing ability to fight disease and have rightfully garnered the title “superfoods.” Then there are others that are just as powerful, but not so well known. When it comes to arthritis, seafood and dairy are very beneficial.
Five “superfoods” that help to defeat arthritis are wild salmon, Pacific oysters, pumpkin, onions and fortified skim milk. Read on to learn how, as well as what other kinds of food are just as efficient at ridding your body of the swelling, inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.
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Including super foods (the popular and little known) in your diet not only spices things up and gives you more variety in planning and cooking meals, but it also broadens the range of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that you are consuming.
Wild salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which defend against inflammation that is commonly associated with arthritis and help lower triglyceride levels (harmful blood fats) that can contribute to heart disease. Wild salmon’s anti-inflammatory properties also help guard against the pain that is common with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Pacific oysters also contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids and the mineral selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent cartilage damage and defeat osteoarthritis before it starts. Other sea foods that are rich in omega-3 are Atlantic mackerel and sardines. Wheat germ is another good source of selenium.
Three or four ounces of oysters or other omega-3-rich fish three times a week and two tablespoons of wheat germ daily are sufficient to block the symptoms of arthritis. Though fatty fish and seafood in general are excellent defenders against arthritis, not all seafood is safe. Beware of raw oysters, which are often contaminated with harmful bacteria, and king mackerel, which is high in mercury, for example.
Pumpkin is not just a “pretty face” at Halloween. Pumpkins have lots of health benefits, including the ability to protect you from certain forms of arthritis. Pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin, antioxidants that lower your risk for developing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A half cup of pumpkin or another orange-colored vegetable or fruit (a sign that they are high in beta-carotene), such as carrots or oranges, every day is a good regimen.
Onions contain lots of quercetin, another antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. There are a variety of ways to include onions with your daily meals, and they really bring out the flavor.
Fortified skim milk has lots of vitamin D, which helps to preserve cartilage and may lower your risk for developing arthritis. One to three cups a day is all you’ll need.