Did you know there are more than 100 types of arthritis? Common arthritis symptoms include inflammation, pain and stiffness. In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, we want to share some natural treatment ideas to help arthritis sufferers find relief. The Arthritis Foundation reports that two-thirds of people with arthritis have tried alternative therapies. Though study results vary, some people find relief from acupuncture, massage, yoga, copper bracelets and magnet therapy.
Arthritis affects more than 24 million women and 17 million men. If you are one of them, consider a food-based treatment plan. There are three main foods that can help alleviate symptoms of arthritis:
Foods That Help Arthritis
- Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory agent. To get the most benefit, try to eat ginger every day. Steep a few slices in hot water to make tea, grate it into stir-fry recipes or add ground ginger to smoothies.
- Pumpkin is chock full of antioxidants which may help prevent arthritis, slow its progression and relieve pain by reducing inflammation. To get your weekly doses, add spoonfuls of pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced up) to vanilla yogurt or to meat sauces for tacos, chili or spaghetti sauce.
- Red bell peppers are also a powerful inflammation fighter because of carotenoids, but they also have a whopping 250% of your daily recommended amounts of vitamin C which is important for warding off arthritis. Try to eat three peppers each week either raw with dip or on salads, or sauté them with other veggies or stir-fry meals.
Nutrients that appear to have special benefits for people with arthritis.
- omega 3 fatty acids
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
- vitamin E
- the B vitamins
You may also consider trying natural health supplements known for reducing inflammation, which include glucosamine and chondroitin.