Helpful medicinal foods for Rheumatoid arthritis

GingerForIndigestRheumatoid arthritis is a chronic medical condition wherein the body’s immune system attacks the joints of the hands and feet, causing pain, swelling and sometimes permanent disability.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about one and a half million Americans, mostly women are living with RA. There is no definite conclusion as to the cause but connections have been linked to autoimmune disorders, genetics, pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines and environmental toxins.

However, relief for moderns may be possible from foods and herbs that have helped people for thousands of years.

* Ginger, for example, is an anti-inflammatory and natural blood-thinner that improves the blood flow in arteries.

Chinese Traditional Medicine has used this medicinal food for eons. Asian researchers claim that ginger not only relieves, but also can cure arthritis.

* Olive oil, especially extra-virgin, cold-pressed— is an anti-inflammatory that reduces harmful blood cholesterol and builds beneficial cholesterol.

* Rosemary, which contains a polyphenol called rosmarinic acid, is a potent antioxidant and inflammatory reliever.

* Pineapple is rich in the protein bromelain, which acts as one of the world’s top natural digestive enzymes. (And if you think digestion has nothing to do with joint problems, you’d be mistaken. Every function of the body is linked to digestion.)

* Coriander is more than a flavorful spice. It reduces inflammation and swelling. It is also useful as green leaves to chew or make tea.

* Green tea…and speaking of tea, green tea is now widely recognized for its array of powerful, anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

* Carrots are more than rabbit food. They are a powerhouse of vitamin C and beta-carotene. They are killers of the free radicals responsible for arthritis inflammation.

* Parsley is a natural with carrots and a delicious addition to countless dishes, along with providing numerous antioxidant vitamins and minerals that reduce inflammation.

* Kale and other dark leafy greens are full of antioxidants that can minimize or reverse arthritic inflammation.

* Turmeric is a rich source of curcumin, a potent herb that minimizes inflammation at  cellular levels.

* Blueberries, whose nutritional riches have only been identified in recent years, contain an abundance of various minerals which are thought to be the source of many antioxidants. Organic blueberries are the best bet, as researchers have found that organically grown or wild blueberries contain far more polyphenols than conventionally grown.

* Sweet potatoes (or yams) have been an historic staple food for a number of populations. In modern times they have become more than a Thanksgiving side dish. Among many other vital nutrients, they are a great source of beta-carotene and vitamin A, 2 elements that fight against inflammation.

Try these good vegetables and herbs for relief from arthritis. You have nothing to lose and maybe health improvement to gain.


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