Some super healthy vegetables are not good for arthritis

NightshadesSurprisingly, some ‘healthy’ vegetables are not good for arthritis and should be consumed only minimally by those suffering from this painful condition, says Mike Geary, a certified nutrition specialist and author of the book, The Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging.

Know your vegetables, especially if you suffer from any adverse health conditions.

For instance, research has shown that health superstars, the cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage in raw form are goitrogenic foods that can actually WORSEN thyroid problems in many people.

In the case of arthritis, which afflicts about 350 million people worldwide, nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers ingested frequently, can WORSEN the condition.

This is because they contain alkaloids, which affect calcium metabolism in the body and may lead to calcium deposits in tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints, contributing to inflammation and pain.

We are beginning to learn just how many functions vitamin D performs in our body. Earlier we had an article on the importance of a balanced calcium/vitamin D relationship. But there is a third element to this particular relationship—vitamin K2.

If you are taking calcium supplements, be sure that they are a quality brand that contain K2. Calcium without K2 can cause your body to deposit calcium in the wrong tissues and WORSEN arthritis, or cause calcification of arteries.

The best food sources of vitamin K2 are almost entirely found in the fat portion of pasture-raised dairy, full fat aged cheeses, and egg yolks from non-caged hens. It has been found that laying hens with freedom of movement contain twice the amount of K2 as commercial factory farm hens that spend their lives in small cages.

Sugar, wheat (gluten), and refined vegetable oils are particularly harmful to arthritic conditions, and are dangerous to overall health as they cause serious inflammation throughout the body.

Dr. William Davis, in his groundbreaking book, Wheat Belly, explains: “The more (modern) wheat products you consume, the higher and more frequently blood glucose increases and the more glycation occurs.” Glycation is an irreversible modification of proteins in the bloodstream and in body tissues.

This is cumulative, making cartilage brittle and unyielding and contributing to joint inflammation and pain.

So… if you are serious about reducing arthritic pain and/or protecting yourself from arthritis and many other degenerative diseases in the future, opt out or greatly reduce your intake of sugary processed foods and drinks, refined vegetable oils and the sandwich addiction so prevalent in the Standard American Diet.

Source: (Nutrition and Anti-aging Health News)


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