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Which Foods Aggravate Arthritis? Fruits and Foods You Should Avoid When You Have Arthritis and Why You Should Avoid Them
Can You Cure Arthritis with Diet?
Can arthritis be cured naturally? Yes, it can but you will need to make dietary changes.
There are at least 200 different kinds of arthritis but the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis can even be a sign of a food allergy, pinpointing the cause can be difficult but the most common culprits are dairy products, refined cereals, certain meats like beef and pork, eggs and some fruits can cause a real problem when it comes to arthritis.
Can you reverse arthritis with diet? More and more evidence is emerging that we can reverse arthritis with the right diet. A diet rich in plant-based foods will help, but a high intake of oily fish is also important.
What are purines and why do they cause such as problem?
It is generally known many arthritis sufferers have a diet which is rich in purines. But, what are purines?
Purines are naturally found in the body, and all foods, but some foods are richer in purines than others. A purine is a natural substance found in all our cells and when a cell dies the purine in a cell is broken down, and metabolized into uric acid.
Uric acid is normally not a problem, it is, in fact, an essential antioxidant which helps to protect our blood vessels. It only causes a problem when it is present in excessive quantities. Excessive uric acid can lead to the formation of uric acid crystals which can be deposited in joints and tendons. Some of the time these crystals can cause gout, but it is now also widely recognized they can lead to arthritis. Sometimes uric acid crystals are also known as monosodium urate crystals.
Eating For Better Health
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Fruits Rich in Purines
It is not only meat which is rich in purines. Doctors often fail to tell their patients many fruits are high in purines. It is very common for doctors to recommend to a patient with arthritis that he or she increases their intake of fruit but this can cause just as much of a problem as eating an excessive amount of red meats.
Unfortunately, some of these fruits are the fruits which we are more likely to increase an intake of when are told to include more fruits in our diet.
Citrus Fruits and Arthritis
All citrus fruits are rich in purines. Citrus fruits include lemons, mandarins, oranges, clementines, grapefruits and the smaller blood orange. This group of fruits contains the most purines of all, yet it is the fruits we normally consume the most of in the form of juice.On the positive side, oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, thiamine and folate. It also contains high levels of pectin which can lower the blood cholesterol level. Almost all arthritis sufferers who are recommended to stop drinking orange juice, or eating fruits from this group, notice a rapid improvement in their condition. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you are certainly like to notice an improvement in your condition when you give up citrus fruits.
Apples Can By High in Purines
Apples and Arthritis
Apples straight from the tree are not as high in purines as stored apples. Apples in a supermarket have often been stored in a cool environment where the oxygen has been chemically lowered. Although this halts the maturing process of the fruit, it still allows for more purines to build up within the fruit. An apple straight from the tree is much more nutrient-rich than an apple which has been stored in an artificial environment.
Apple juice is often made from older apples, or perhaps slightly damaged fruit, which increases the levels of purines even more.
Arthritis and Food
When you have osteoarthritis you should eat plenty of the following foods:
- Wholegrain cereals for osteoarthritis
- Stick to fruits high in antioxidants and bioflavonoids
- Take a vitamin E supplement if you have rheumatoid arthritis
- Add nuts, especially walnuts, to your diet.
- Sardines, salmon, cod, and halibut are all great fish to add to your diet
Cut down on the following foods:
- Fatty oil
- Red Meats such as beef and pork
- Acid fruit and vegetables
Pineapple - is it good or bad for you?
Pineapples are also very acidic and can cause allergies. They are high in purines which can cause a problem when it comes to treating arthritis. Ironically, they are also rich in the enzyme Bromelain which has been scientifically proven to help and aid arthritis sufferers. You would have to eat a lot of pineapples to get the benefit of Bromelain. Taking a supplement is a much better choice.
Pineapples are a useful source of vitamin C, but are not rich in any other vitamins so it is better avoided as the acidic content of this fruit can cause a lot of problems including gum problems.
Kiwi fruits are popular foods in today’s modern diet. Once again, this is a fruit which is rich in vitamin C and often recommended by doctors to help prevent or control arthritis. So why does it cause a problem? Whilst kiwi fruits are rich in vitamin C, they are also packed with sugar. The sugar content of a kiwi fruit is around 10 percent which is very high. Both sugar and excess acid can cause a flare up of the most common forms of arthritis.
Kiwi fruits are rich in purines. They are transported long distances to reach your local supermarket. During transportation, they will start to break down and this causes the amount of purines in the fruit to increase.
If you enjoy eating grapes by all means continue, but stick to the red and black grapes which are quite different from white grapes. White grapes are incredibly rich in sugar and they are also highly acidic, and should be avoided at all cost.
Red and black grapes are an excellent alternative as they are rich in potassium and also high in bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are antioxidants which can help to lower the level of antioxidants in the body, and this will help to fight of anti-inflammatory disease.
Top Tips For Easing Arthritis Symptoms
Avoid acidic fruit
Limit red meat
Eat plenty of grains
Celery fights Arthritis
Celery Juice Recipes
Each recipe makes about 8 fl oz of juice, and adults can drink up to two glasses daily.
3 stalks Celery
3 Stalks Celery
Helpful Foods for Arthritis
When you start looking around, you will find many foods which can help in the treatment of arthritis, and most of them can be found in your local supermarket. The myth of super foods can be put to bed when it comes to the treatment of most diseases, and this is certainly true with arthritis.
Six Helpful Foods for Arthritis
Salmon – salmon and other oily fish are rich in Omega 3 and should be added to the diet about three times per week. Other oily fish are mackerel, herring, tuna, and anchovy.
Greens – vegetables greens such as chard and kale are both excellent sources of beta-carotene, calcium, folate, iron and vitamin C. Eat raw or freshly steamed.
Bananas – bananas provide and an excellent source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. Try to include a banana in your diet every day.
Broccoli – Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family. All cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, iron, and potassium try to include vegetables from cruciferous family every day. Eat them raw or steam them.
Carrots – carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene which reduces inflammation. Eat raw or steamed, and enjoy carrots as often as you can.
Celery – celery helps to cleanse the blood of purines and is also rich in potassium, eat raw as often as you can.
Yoga for Arthritis
Regular Exercise and Arthritis
Regular exercise can help to prevent joint pain. Try to add in gentle exercises such as swimming or walking.
Other exercises such as yoga and tai-chi can help as but always make sure you don’t push yourself too much.
Supplements and Arthritis
Supplements make great alternatives to anti-inflammatory drugs. and when you suffer any form of arthritis, you should learn more about supplements for arthritis. For instance, fish oils have been scientifically proven to treat both arthritis and rheumatism.
Cold water fish contain Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids which are known to have an effect on the joints of arthritis sufferers but if you have a problem finding good quality fish you can try taking a fish oil supplement. Many sufferers claim supplements such as fish oil are more effective than eating fish.
© 2014 Annie Messeri