World Arthritis Day

World Arthritis Day

October 13, 2022

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Rabab Neemuchwala

When we talk about arthritis, we generally mean the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis. It’s a condition that involves the wearing away of cartilage that protects our bones where they meet our joints; it causes pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the synovial membrane that protects and lubricates joints becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling.

Here are the important nutrients for osteoarthritis that you may want to incorporate into your diet to help with inflammation and joint pain –

1. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be helpful in fighting inflammation. As an added bonus, they are also good for heart health. Reducing inflammation is key to managing pain and restoring function. Omega-3s may be particularly helpful for people with rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that causes swelling in the joints.

2. CALCIUM
Calcium is essential for keeping bones healthy and strong. It also helps with muscle control and blood circulation. Our bodies do not naturally produce calcium, so we need to obtain it through the foods we eat. When we do not get enough calcium, our bodies begin to remove it from the bones. This can eventually weaken the bones and lead to osteoporosis.

3. VITAMIN D
Vitamin D goes hand-in-hand with calcium–your body needs vitamin D to properly absorb calcium from food.

4. VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is helpful in reducing the risk of inflammatory arthritis and maintaining healthy joints. It is a key element for joint health, it helps build collagen and connective tissue.

5. ANTHOCYANINS
Anthocyanins are antioxidants found in red and purple fruits. Not only do anthocyanins give the fruits their pigment, they can also be helpful in lowering levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation. You can find it in red and purple fruits like cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

In conclusion, following a proper diet and workout plan is an essential treatment for arthritis to maintain quality of life and may help with prevention. Low weight bearing exercises and routine daily physical activity is recommended as tolerated, as it improves joint pain and mobility. However, it is always recommended to consult your doctor or your health care provider before beginning any new exercises or diet change.

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