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Which foods can have a positive effect on the causes and symptoms of arthritis?

Following a healthy diet can't cure arthritis or prevent it from occurring but it can definitely help. The foods we eat can have a significant bearing on our health and general well-being, more so than many of us realise.

There are literally dozens of foods that can ease the symptoms of arthritis as well as reducing the likelihood of it developing in the first place. Five of the best arthritis fighting foods are as follows:

Pineapple
As well as being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, pineapple also contains a substance called bromelain. Research has shown bromelain to posses anti-inflammatory properties that can ease the pain caused by arthritis.

Jelly
As surprisingly as it may sound, jelly is one of the best foods to eat if you are suffering from arthritis. This is due to the gelatine that jelly is made from. This not only eases the symptoms of arthritis but in some cases can even reverse the effects of the condition.

Green Vegetables
The pain of arthritis is often made worse by eating acidic foods such as citrus fruits and red meat because of the build up of acid in the joints this can cause. A diet comprising of more neutral or alkaline foods, like green vegetables, will prevent this from happening.

Blueberries
Blueberries possess significant anti-inflammatory properties that actively help reduce arthritic pain.

Ginger
Ginger is another natural anti-inflammatory that can substantially alleviate the pain of arthritis.

Oily fish
Oily fish such as sardines and mackerel are packed full of omega-3 which is thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect in arthritis patients.

There is also considerable research to indicate that the Mediterranean diet is good for arthritis, as well as a number of other health conditions. This diet typically includes plenty fish, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Moderate levels of red meat are usually consumed but significantly less than we consume in the UK.



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