August 18, 2016

Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pains

As I’m a health buff, I’m interested in anything that is related to health — especially the alternative medicine.  In this age of medical  breakthroughs and effective medicines flooding the markets, I cannot understand, at first, why more and more people are becoming interested in, and turning to natural remedies and cures. However, when I recalled the Myanmar saying: “Asar lei saye, saye lei  asar”, which literally means “Food is medicine, medicine is food”, I could now, comprehend that trend. Since then, I had become greatly interested in the health benefits of various herbs, veggies and fruits.
What is Arthritis ?
Recently, I came across a very interesting piece of information in the Reader’s Digest Best Health US magazine related to foods and drinks that could fight arthritis pains. Generally speaking, arthritis is a condition that causes joint pains. It is a painful and degenerative condition marked by inflammation that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis, the most common type, gets worse with age and is caused by wear and tear over the years. Traditionally, doctors cure arthritis with pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications. However, as some of them have side effects people are turning to natural remedies. There are a variety of natural remedies: including exercises and weight  loss regimens, but this article would be dealing with the foods and drinks that could fight the arthritis pains.
There are many foods and drinks that are effective in fighting or relieving the joint pains. However, according to the aforementioned magazine, the most effective are what that magazine called the “9 Arthritis-fighting Superfoods”. It suggests that these should be included in the daily meals for those who are suffering from arthritis. The Super Nines are as follows:
1. Salmon.   Salmon is among the richest sources of healthy fats. It’s an ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids, especially because it’s less likely than other cold-water fish to harbor high levels of toxic mercury. In addition to it’s fatty oils, salmon contains calcium, vitamin D and folate. Besides helping with arthritis, eating salmon may protect the cardiovascular system by preventing blood clots, repairing artery damage, raising levels of good cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
2. Bananas.  Bananas are perhaps best known for packing potassium, they are also good sources of arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate and vitamin C. This easily digested, dense fruit is a prime source of soluble fiber, an important part of your diet if you are trying to lose weight because it helps you feel full without adding calories.
3. Sweet peppers.  A single green pepper contains 176 per-cent of your daily needs for vitamin C. Red and yellow varieties have more than double that amount. That makes them richer in C than citrus fruits. Sweet peppers are also excellent sources of vitamin B6 and folate.
214. Shrimp.   Taste and convenience make shrimp the most popular shell fish choice. Shrimp also deserves acclaim as one of the few major dietary sources of vitamin D, with 3 oz, providing about 30 percent of the recommended daily amount—more than a cup of fortified milk. Shrimp also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, along with other nutrients essential for general health.
5. Soy products.   Once relegated to the shelves of health-food stores, soy products such as tofu and soy milk have reached the mainstream largely because they have been shown to have cardiovascular benefits. Soybeans also protect bones, thanks to compounds called isoflavone and significant amount of both vitamin E and calcium. Long a staple of Asian diets, soy can also be found in soy milk—a boom for people who want to avoid lactose or cholesterol in regular milk.
6. Sweet potatoes.  These tropical root vegetables are such a nutritional powerhouse, they once topped a list of vegetables ranked according to nutritional value by the U S-based Center for Science in the Public Interest. Sweet potatoes are rich sources of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber, among other nutrients.
7. Cheese.  Hard or soft, fresh or ripened cheese  in all it’s variety is an excellent source of calcium for bones and proteins for the muscles and other joint-supporting tissues. Depending on the type, cheeses (especially hard varieties such as cheddar) are good sources of vitamin B6 and folate. The sheer abundance of cheeses makes it easy to get more in your diet—by, for example, slicing hard cheeses onto crackers or spreading soft cheeses such as cottage cheese onto the fruits or vegetables.
8. Lentils. These dried legumes are prime sources of folate, with a single cup providing about 90 percent of your daily needs. Lentils also provide one of the richest plant-based sources of protein, contain large amounts of soluble dietary fiber and hold significant stores of vitamin B6. These and other nutrients make lentils protect the body against heart disease and cancer in addition to arthritis.
9. Green Tea. This mild, slightly astringent tea contains hundreds of powerful antioxidant chemicals called polyphenol and has been cited for helping prevent problems ranging from cancer to heart disease. Studies also suggest green tea may help prevent or eases symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Based on the above mentioned properties of each of the 9 Superfoods, it is evident that the majority of them  are packed with vitamin B in different forms: vitamin B6 and folate or folic acid or vitamin B9 — the prime arthritis-fighters. Some contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C, D & E, soluble fibers, proteins, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. All these ingredients are useful not only in fighting arthritis, but they are also beneficial to the cardiovascular health and may even protect against cancer. Above all, as they are natural products they may be totally free from any side effects; if produced organically. Apart from the salmon, which is very expensive and not readily available, the remaining eight are quite cheap and readily available in most of our markets today. We should include one or more of them in our daily diets.


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