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What are some foods that help with inflammation and arthritis?

May 15, 2013

Many of us have the challenge of facing unwanted inflammation in our body and arthritis in our daily lives. This breakdown of cartilage along with our body’s negative immune response most commonly happens in our major joints, causing pain and irritation. How do we fight it? The sweet answer: chocolate! The phytochemicals in cocoa have been linked to reducing inflammation in the body. Find yourself some chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70% or higher to harvest this great benefit!"

Furthermore, A diet full of fish, fruits and vegetables will provide you with the omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals that have been found to be great anti-inflammatories. Think of wild-caught salmon and dark-green and brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, chard, and blueberries.

Taking fish oil supplements is a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids if you don’t eat fish or don’t eat it often. Make sure you talk to your doctor first and do your research. Not all fish oil supplements are created equal.

Here is what our NT Guru actually had to say about this topic.

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist

"It's well known that atherosclerosis (the process of plaque buildup in the arteries) is an inflammatory disorder (as is rheumatoid arthritis), therefore there has been much recent research interest involving the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists have determined that eating a diet high in omega-3 fats decrease inflammation.

"Eating a daily dose of ground flaxseeds (two tablespoons), provides about three grams of omega-3 ALA (the plant form of omega-3), an amount that exceeds the 2.2 grams a day recommended by the National Institutes of Health. Flaxseed oil is one of the few known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, so try using some in place of other oils. It's great in salad dressing or as a flavoring for vegetables or grains. And you can add a tablespoon of canola oil to your daily diet, another leading plant source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids, to get an additional 1.3 grams."

These are just some easy and effective ways to help prevent the onset of arthritis to you and the one you loves!


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