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The Best and Worst Foods for Arthritis

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Clinical research has shown, again and again, that what you eat has a direct impact on your health. And while a well-"ness" fed body is essential at every stage of your life, it's even more critical as you age.

Healthy foods help prevent many diseases that older people are more inclined to have. In contrast, over-consumption of unhealthy foods contributes to age-related illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even arthritis.


In the United States, 23 percent of all adults--around 54 million people--suffer from some form of arthritis, including half of all people over the age of 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Not only can your diet help reduce joint pain, stiffness, and swelling associated with arthritis, but it can also help prevent arthritis from occurring altogether.


Foods to Help Prevent and Treat Arthritis

An arthritis flare-up can put a significant damper on your daily activities. The following foods help prevent arthritis flare-ups as well as reduce pain and swelling that occurs with it. If you don't have arthritis, you can take a big step towards prevention by adding certain foods to your diet.


Alcoholic beverages

Drinking alcohol to excess increases the risk of numerous devastating diseases. But, in real moderation, alcohol can help prevent arthritis for women.

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that women who drank more than three alcoholic beverages per week over ten years had their risk of rheumatoid arthritis cut in half. However, beer can increase the risk of gout and hip and knee osteoarthritis, especially in men.

Wine is probably your best choice with its high antioxidant content and protective properties for your health.



Cherries contain powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which have pain-relieving properties. A study published in the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism found that participants with gout who ate just 12 cherries over a two-day period had a 35 percent reduced risk of flare-ups. Tart cherry juice may also ease gout and other arthritis pain.



This compound, found in the spice turmeric, is responsible for its bright yellow color and its remarkable pain-reducing ability. Curcumin makes up about 5 percent of turmeric, so you'd have to add a significant amount to your curries, vegetables, and eggs to get the therapeutic benefits of curcumin. Instead, take a supplement, which will also contain piperine to help your body better absorb the curcumin.

Thrive Naturals Turmeric Curcumin includes the daily recommended dose for optimal joint and mobility. (1,300mg with 95% Curcuminoids & 10 mg BioPerine® for added absorption.)



Olive oil

Olive oil has a range of benefits for heart health and overall health, and a growing body of research shows that compounds found in high quality, extra-virgin olive oil may reduce inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers found that the compounds in olive oil also work like ibuprofen to reduce arthritis pain. Swap out your vegetable oil for olive oil, and use it in your salads and sautees.

Foods to Avoid if You Have Arthritis

Certain foods are known to exacerbate arthritis flare-ups. These are some foods to avoid if you have arthritis or are at an elevated risk for developing it.


Sugary drinks

Sugary sodas are terrible for your health no matter how you slice it. They contribute to weight gain, which increases your risk of numerous other health problems. They almost always contain more than the recommended daily allowance of sugar, which is associated with heart disease and even dementia.

It also turns out that soft drinks contribute to the progression of knee osteoarthritis, particularly in men who drink more than five sodas per week. Sodas may also increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women, according to a Harvard study.


Inflammatory foods

Some foods can trigger inflammation and worsen arthritis pain. These include fried and processed foods, which also have other negative impacts on your overall health. Indulge in fried foods as rarely as possible, and try to fill your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables and whole foods rather than pre-packaged and highly processed meals.


Dairy products

Dairy products contain a particular protein that can irritate the tissue around the joints in some people. However, dairy products may also have some anti-inflammatory effects, which can reduce pain and swelling. When you're experiencing pain from arthritis, try eliminating dairy products for a time to see if it helps.


The Best Overall Diet for Arthritis

The best diet for arthritis is the same as the best diet for optimal overall health. The bottom line - eat mostly plant-based foods; fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts, and seeds. Limit animal proteins and eliminate sugary drinks and snacks, overly processed foods, fried foods, and fast food as much as possible.

Supplementing with Thrive Naturals Joint Complex provides added joint health support beyond just what is in your diet. Our Joint Complex supplement contains proven ingredients, including curcumin, chondroitin sulfate, and glucosamine sulfate, to help reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness in your joints. A daily dose supports flexibility and promotes healthy joint tissues.

Making lifestyle changes is essential as we age if we want to stave off disease and enjoy good health well into our Golden Years. You are what you eat, and eating a nutritious diet makes for a healthier body and a happier life.


Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publi...

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