Arthritis is inflammation of the joints that causes pain and swelling in individuals with this disease. Thankfully, there are many foods available that will reduce the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Eating a diet free of processed foods and sugar will help minimize inflammation, but eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and oleocanthal will create heightened results when ingested regularly. Here are a few foods to add to this week’s grocery list, brought to you by Home Care Assistance of El Dorado County.
Omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in several types of fish, are shown to fight inflammation in individuals who have arthritis. It is thought the more omega-3s the individual consumes, the lower the levels of inflammatory proteins found in the body. Therefore, eating four ounces of fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, anchovies and scallops several times a week will help minimize the effects of arthritis.
Not only does olive oil contain heart-healthy fats, it also contains oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory properties similar to those found in ibuprofen. It reduces the individual’s sensitivity to pain and inhibits the enzymes that promote inflammation. Consuming approximately three tablespoons per day of extra virgin olive oil will produce the best results.
Red kidney beans and other red beans have an abundance of phytonutrients and fiber, which lower the C-reactive protein (CRP) that creates inflammation in the blood. Beans are also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Therefore, they offer an added benefit to those with arthritis pain. Incorporating at least one cup of red beans in the diet several times per week will help lower CRP.
The compound sulforaphane found in broccoli will block the enzymes connected to the destruction of joints and inflammation. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin K, which slows the development of osteoarthritis when consumed in high amounts. Grilling or steaming broccoli is the best way to get the most nutrients out of the food.
Living with arthritis pain is a burden that inhibits the everyday activities of the individuals with it. While there may not be a cure for arthritis, there are eating right can help minimize the pain and swelling associated with the disease. You might also consider reaching out to Home Care Assistance and learning more about live-in or part-time home care in El Dorado County. With help from an experienced caregiver, your senior loved one can continue to enjoy a high quality of life in the comfort and familiarity of home. Give us a call at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 for more information.