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5 foods and supplements that can help prevent arthritis

Most people know what it is and most of us know one or more family member that suffers or has suffered with this painful condition. Let’s take a look at 5 foods and supplements that you can add to your diet to help prevent Arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis (if you don’t know) is a disease causing painful inflammation and stiffness of the joint. It can be caused by general wear and tear over the years and/or injury and is typically associated with “old age”.

Whilst its generally the elderly that suffer with this, it’s definitely NOT a disease of old age. Prevention, as we all know is far more powerful than the cure with anything in health, arthritis included.

Can nutrition help with arthritis?

Although there is no diet cure for arthritis, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system. Adding these foods and practices to your balanced diet may help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.

Foods that can help with Arthrits

Fish oil

My number one supplement for all round health, fish oil is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, which play a massive role in so many functions but with regards this condition, they are very good at reducing inflammation in the body and can really help to ease joint pain and/or prevent it. The best foods to eat are salmon, herring, mackerel and anchovies. Go for high quality fish and not the farmed rubbish that is cheap in the supermarket. Learn more about fish oil in my article Benefits of taking fish oil.

Extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with heart-healthy fats, as well as oleocanthal, which has properties similar to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. But it’s not the only oil with health benefits. Avocado and safflower oils have shown cholesterol-lowering properties, while walnut oil has 10 times the omega-3s that olive oil has.

Cherries

Cherries contain Anthocyanins and research has shown that the Anthocyanins have an anti-inflammatory effect. Anthocyanins can also be found in other red and purple fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Green tea

Green tea is packed with polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. Studies also show that another antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) blocks the production of molecules that cause joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

And no 5 and the one I want to focus on is…

Curcumin

Curcumin is a yellow-colored powder ground from the root of the turmeric plant. The turmeric plant grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family (it is a common ingredient in curries) and many of you may have used this spice in cooking. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. The anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to as effective as drugs in some cases.

However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight so you really need to supplement with this to maximise it’s positive effects.

Procosa

As many of you know, Tom and I work with a company called USANA Health Sciences. We’ve personally been using their products for 13 years now and stand by them and stake our reputation on them. For those that have been reading this newsletter for several years now, you will know that we never push USANA on anyone and never will, but will continue to recommend to clients, family and friends.

USANA have a great glucosamine hydrochloride product called “Procosa” and it’s one worth recommending. This product has been proven to prevent and certainly improve existing joint and arthritic conditions. Procosa contains various nutrients, vitamins and minerals that support joint health but the ingredient that makes all the difference is the highly bioavailable curcumin complex called “Meriva”. Bioavailable just means that the body can process and utilise the active ingredients. Meriva is in fact 30 times stronger than the other cur cumin products on the market.

So who is this product for and who will benefit?

If you exercise on a regular basis, then it’s for you. If you have any joint problems or injuries currently or previously then it could help you and if you care about preventing arthritis as you get older (all of you I hope), then it’s definitely for you.

Tom and I both take it. Early 40’s, very active from a young age and prone to picking up injuries every few months – it’s definitely for us. Like any supplement, you need to use it for 3 months minimum for the body to utilise the ingredients and obtain the benefits. Many people try a product for a few weeks and when nothing happens they say it didn’t work.

If you’d like to try this product then contact me on gav@eighty20lifestyle.com

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