Arthritis is the most common form of peripheral joint arthritis and cause of disability in the UK. It affects mostly the knee, hip, hand, and feet joints. It is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder characterised by involvement of all joint structures including the synovial membrane, cartilage and bone. Those suffering with the condition experience joint pain, reduced participation in daily activities and poor quality of life. Fortunately, including more of these delicious fruits could help.
Tart cherries get their rich red colour and many of their powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits from the flavonoid anthocyanin, said the Arthritis Foundation.
The health site added: “These properties make tart cherries a popular research subject, and some investigators compare the effects to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
“One study found that drinking tart cherry juice two times per day for three weeks resulted in considerable reductions in vital inflammation markers, especially for participants who had the highest inflammation levels at the start of the study.”
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Unlike most fruits, avocados are a good source of vitamin E, a micronutrient with anti-inflammatory effects said Arthritis Foundation.
The site added: “Diets high in these compounds are linked to decreased risk of the joint damage seen in early osteoarthritis.
“Studies also show eating avocados daily increases “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol.”
Treatment for arthritis
There is no cure for arthritis, but there are many treatments that can help slow it down, said the NHS.
It added: “Osteoarthritis treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines and surgery.
“Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis aims to slow the condition’s progress and minimise joint inflammation. This helps prevent joint damage.
“Treatments include medication, physiotherapy and surgery.”