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Arthritis
If you have arthritis, it is important to maintain normal weight to avoid putting added stress upon bones; and adequate amounts of calcium should be consumed to prevent onset of osteoporosis. Some studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed and flaxseed oil may be of benefit to those suffering from arthritis by reducing inflammation. Optimal amounts of the antioxidant vitamin, vitamin C, may be beneficial for people suffering from arthritis. Recent studies also suggest that green tea may help prevent onset of arthritis as well as reduce severity of inflammation caused by arthritis. Polyphenols in green tea function as potent antioxidants and protect the body from oxidative stress. Studies have shown that if you consume approximately four cups of green tea a day you may be able to protect yourself from developing arthritis, and if you have arthritis, consuming green tea can help to diminish inflammation caused by arthritis.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

calcium
Adequate amounts of calcium can ensure that you are maintaining optimum bone health. Calcium also strengthens weight-bearing joints that are often adversely affected by arthritis.
Leading Food Sources of calcium: Broccoli, Bok choy, Amaranth, Salmon, Soybeans, Yogurt, Milk, Kale, Tofu, Cheese, fresh, Beans, dried

omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids exert an anti-inflammatory effect, which can relieve discomfort from swelling in arthritic joints.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Trout, Tuna

vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is instrumental in keeping collagen, ligaments and tendons strong. Vitamin C also can block the effect of inflammatory substances. As vitamin C inhibits the breakdown of cartilage, it may be of help to those suffering from arthritis whose cartilage is often adversely affected.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Tangerines & other mandarins, Potatoes, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit, Oranges

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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