12 Foods That Help Ease Your Arthritis Pain #2


9. Garlic


Garlic, onions, and leeks may be the key to fighting diseases associated with cartilage damage. These three plants contain diallyl disulfide, an enzyme blocker which prevents further destruction of existing cartilage, as well as quercetin – a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation. But one of garlic’s most important benefits is their ability to fight infection.

While consuming four cloves of raw garlic daily can lead to side effects such as an upset stomach, those who opt to use a powder or aged supplement of garlic extract can still get the same effect without onion and garlic breath being unavoidable. Thankfully it appears that including these vegetables in your diet could be beneficial for reducing both physical discomfort and long term medical concerns.


8. Tart Cherries

Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are widely known for containing an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which continues to become more widely recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have even suggested that tart cherries can be just as effective at reducing inflammation as taking NSAIDS but without the potential negative side effects.

Interestingly enough, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries also contain anthocyanins, but the amounts vary significantly between these types of fruits. Including 8 ounces of tart cherry juice into your daily routine is a great way to increase your anthocyanin intake and reap its anti-inflammatory benefits while avoiding additional sugar or sweeteners that may cancel out its health effects.

7. Turmeric


Turmeric, a commonly found spice in Indian cooking, has quite the history. As far back as Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to ward off inflammation and its related diseases. Scientists are now researching why the claims were true – turns out that turmeric is high in curcumin, an antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Though you can use it freely when seasoning up your meals, since you’d need a significant amount of turmeric to reap any real benefits, you may want to look into getting a supplement with curry and black pepper added (pepper helps your body absorb the curcumin better). So if you’re looking for an outright medicinal remedy for ailments like arthritis, look no further than good old turmeric!

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