What do I eat for joint health?
Do you know that people of all ages, genders and races can have arthritis due to a certain type of lifestyle habits or family history of the disease? The symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness would cause you sufferings and inability to do daily activities. The condition may progress over time and cause permanent joint changes. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and the most common types being gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that brings about sudden burning pain, stiffness and swelling in the joint. It usually strikes on the big toe, but can also affect other joints. Gout is caused by high concentrations of uric acid in the body and the excess are not excreted by the kidneys.
Uric acid is broken down from purines, an organic compound your body naturally produce to serve functions in the DNA, RNA and neurotransmission. However, when there are too much purines coming from dietary food, the excess levels of uric acid build up in the blood. Most shocking of all, high uric acid level also increase the risk of coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease and early mortality.
What do I eat?
The critical part of managing gout or lowering uric acid levels is to avoid foods that are high in purines such as such as meats (beef, pork and lamb), poultry, seafood (fish and shellfish) and alcohol (especially beer). Sweetened soft drinks and sugary food also increase uric acid levels. Studies have shown that anthocyanins in red and purple fruits such as tart cherries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries help to relief pain and decrease frequency of gout.
Life Extension Uric Acid Control contains Terminalia bellerica extract that is able to inhibit an enzyme, xanthine oxidase, involved in the synthesis of uric acid. This product has been used by integrative medicine doctors and has proven to work.
Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative arthritis whereby the cartilage has worn away causing pain and stiffness due to the bones rubbing against each other. Elderly, obesity or even athletes are susceptible to this devastating condition.
What do I eat?
Research has reported that people who consume plant-based diet that are rich in fruits, vegetables and legumes significantly reduce pain and improve physical function. Also, another study concluded that the compound called sulforaphane found in brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli slows the progression of cartilage breakdown.
The wearing of cartilage is a result of inflammatory reactions by a series of ‘cytokines’ produced in the body. Life Extension ArthroMax® with Theaflavins & ApresFlex® not only helps to downregulate the expression of inflammatory cytokines, it also contains nutrients to rebuild the damaged tissues. This dual action support helps to provide a comfortable joint function and maintain healthy bones and joints.
3) Rheumatoid Arthritis
Another type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, where the body’s own immune system attack the joints and other organs. This happens when the immune system becomes overactive and attacks the healthy tissue. Over time, the persistent inflammation breaks down the joint and damages it permanently.
There is no known cause for this autoimmune disease, but family history, obesity and cigarette smoking have been associated with increased risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis.
What do I eat?
Mediterranean diet that consist of fish, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans have been shown to reduce pain, morning stiffness and swelling which is attributable to its rich omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytochemicals content. Studies have shown that green tea and fibre rich diet (oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa) helps to decrease inflammation markers and prevent joint damage. Also, cutting down on inflammatory foods such as fried and processed food would help to control inflammation.
Pernaton®Gel Forte provides joint and muscle ache relief and blood circulation by reducing inflammation and stimulating repair. This product contains natural compounds extracted from green lipped mussel which provides glycosaminoglycans (GAG), omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and amino acids. The gel is non-greasy, has a pleasant aroma and dries up quickly!