George Morris physio Wigan
Arthritis pain - fruit that could prevent joint pain and inflammation
ARTHRITIS pain affects about 10 million people in the UK, but you could reduce your risk of arthritis symptoms by making some small diet changes. Add this vegetable to your daily routine to prevent arthritis signs.
Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including young children, revealed the NHS.
The condition causes pain and inflammation in the joints, making movement difficult and restrictive.
But, making some diet or lifestyle changes could reduce any arthritis pain, as well as lower your chances of developing the condition in the first place.
Eating more pumpkin could help to relieve signs of arthritis, a nutritionist has claimed.
Pumpkin contains powerful antioxidants that work to prevent joint pain caused by arthritis, revealed nutritionist Joy Bauer.
Certain carotenoids, which are found in a number of fruit and vegetables - including pumpkins - lower your chances of all inflammatory condition, she claimed.
Just one serving of beta-cryptoxanthin (a type of carotenoid) every day is all that’s needed to lower your risk of arthritis, said Bauer.
“If you suffer from arthritis, ease painful symptoms by eating plenty of foods and ingredients that naturally reduce inflammation,” she said in her blog, 'Life is hard, food should be easy'.
“The carotenoids are a group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found in many fruits and vegetables.
“Beta-cryptoxanthin may reduce the risk of developing inflammation-related disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis.
“Researchers have found that people who ate diets high in beta-cryptoxanthin were half as likely to develop a form of inflammatory arthritis as those who ate very few.
“In fact, adding just one additional serving each day of a food high in beta-cryptoxanthin helped reduce the risk.”
As well as pumpkin, beta-cryptoxanthin is also found in winter squash, papaya, tangerines, red peppers and apricots.
Oranges could also help to prevent arthritis pain, as it’s rich in vitamin C, said Bauer.
Vitamin C is responsible for the health of collagen - one of the main components of the smooth cartilage lining joints.
The most common types of arthritis in the UK are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, restricted movement and inflamed joints.
Patients could reduce arthritis pain by regularly exercising, said the NHS.
Although you may not feel like exercising as arthritis can be painful, it may help to prevent pain from returning in the long-term.
Combining a healthy balanced diet with the right exercise plan for your condition can help you to lose weight, and put less stress on your joints.