Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. As of yet, there is no direct cure, but rather a multitude of ways to relieve pain and symptoms caused by the disease. As you may already know, your diet plays a huge role in your general health, especially if you suffer from a condition such as arthritis. Luckily, there are several ways to modify your diet and cooking methods to further assist in OA relief.
Reducing Caloric Intake
It’s no mystery that eating fewer calories is the way to lose weight. Losing just ten pounds can drastically reduce your chances of developing OA. If you’ve already been diagnosed with OA, losing weight will reduce the stress on your weight-bearing joints, thus slowing the progression of the disease and easing joint pain.
Replace Fats with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is a great source of beneficial fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and fight joint pain. Studies have also shown that a compound in olive oil works in a similar fashion to some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Use olive oil on your salads and cooking; just be sure to watch how much you use, as it is very calorie-dense.
Cook with Lower Temperatures
Foods cooked in high temperatures (grilled or broiled) tend to produce compounds that have been known to trigger inflammation in the body. The compounds are known as advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), and although naturally occurring in the body, excess can stimulate inflammation. Try to cook with slower, low-heating methods like oven baking.
The benefits of vitamin C cannot be underestimated. Vitamin C boosts collagen and other joint supporting materials. Citrus is not the only source of vitamin C either, peppers, strawberries, kale, and broccoli are all high in this very important nutrient. Women should try to get at least 75 mg of vitamin C a day, while men should shoot for about 90 mg.
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