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Arthritis is a rheumatic disease which causes inflammation and damage of cartilage, joints, and bones. A good diet can help alleviate the chronic pain caused by this condition. Below are some foods that help combat arthritis.

Omega 3

These famous fatty acids have been known to help treat and prevent many serious illnesses, including alleviating symptoms associated with arthritis. Remember to reduce Omega 6 intake and increase Omega 3 intake, which can be found in salmon, sardines, mackerel and trout…

Vitamin D

A high vitamin D intake is associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Oily fish are the best source of this vitamin. You can also take a 20 minute stroll under the sunlight every day; this is the best way to get more vitamin D into your system.

Vitamin C

Bell peppers, oranges, mangoes and pineapples have high vitamin C content. Greater vitamin C intake helps lower the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 30%.

Cruciferous vegetables

In a recent study, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage have been named as some cruciferous vegetables that can protect against the development of arthritis.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce pain and stiffness in arthritis patients. Olive oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols – two powerful antioxidants.

Ginger

For thousands of years, ginger has been used widely by several cultures to treat many illnesses, including arthritis. Ginger is shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.

Turmeric

The chemicals found in turmeric help decrease swelling, inflammation and chronic pain. In a recent study, 58% of patients reported a decrease in pain and stiffness after using turmeric for just 90 days, they also showed signs of improved emotional wellness as well.

Berries

Cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries contain a high level of anthocyanins – a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation. Studies have shown a high level of strawberry intake is associated with a lower level of C-reactive protein (an indicator of inflammation).

Besides incorporating these foods into your daily diet, moderate exercise is also an important way to improve your condition.

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Dr. Khoi Nguyen

Dr. Khoi holds a Science Degree from the University of Toronto and received his medical degree in 1988. He is currently seeing patients at his private family medicine practice. In 2010, he received the Canada’s Citizenship Award for his numerous contributions to the community.

Bác sĩ Khôi tốt nghiệp ngành khoa học tại University of Toronto và tốt nghiệp y khoa năm 1988. Hiện nay ông đang làm việc tại phòng mạch tư chuyên về sức khỏe gia đình, và đã được vinh dự nhận giải thưởng Canada’s Citizenship Award năm 2010.