Smart Woman - Eating Away Arthritis Pain

Published 03/28 2013 07:32AM

Updated 03/28 2013 09:02AM

For arthritis sufferers every single move can cause pain and stiffness, but did you know what you put in your mouth could make your joint pain better or worse?

Dorothy Kitchen has suffered from arthritis for more than 15 years! She doesn't want surgery and doesn't like drugs. She says, "I'm not a pill-taker, you know what I mean." But something she does try to do - eat healthy. Research shows the foods you choose could help or worsen your achy joints. Dr. Kirti Kalidas, a licensed naturopathic physician says, "There are plenty of anti-inflammatories out there." The first - fatty fish. The omega-threes decrease the production of chemicals that spread inflammation, but some fish can aggravate symptoms. Clams, oysters, mussels, anchovies, and mackerel contain purine, a compound that converts to uric acid. Too much can worsen gout symptoms.

Another good joint food - extra virgin olive oil. According to one study, about three tablespoons acts like one-tenth of a dose of ibuprofen. Good food number three - green tea. One study found an antioxidant known as EGCG lowers inflammation-causing substances in the body that cause joint damage. Drink three to four cups a day, but don't add sugar! Studies suggest it increases inflammation and can also lead to weight gain. Every extra pound you carry around your belly puts ten pounds of pressure on your joints!

Dorothy does her best to eat healthy and get her daily dose of exercise. She says, "I just made up my mind not to be frustrated!" 

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