December 12, 2022

Antioxidants for Arthritis

While there’s no question that our eating habits have a big influence on our health, some health experts believe that certain foods can help reduce inflammation. According to the Arthritis Foundation, a number of nutrition experts and health researchers believe that inflammation in the body may be associated with a number of health problems, including arthritis, cancer, heart disease and obesity.

Although the results of this research are still being debated, clinical studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids work the same way in the body as the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen. And most experts agree that trading “junk” or “fast” foods that are processed, sugary or fried for antioxidant-rich foods may lead to a better health overall.

10 Foods that Fight Inflammation

Here are 10 healthy, nutritious foods that the Arthritis Foundation recommends as having anti-inflammatory effects on the body:

  1. Olive Oil. Extra virgin is best! Try adding 2-3 tablespoons to your daily diet.
  2. Garlic. Foods from the allium family, such as onions, garlic and leeks are great for reducing inflammation.
  3. Avocadoes. Avocadoes are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat and antioxidants, which help protect joints from inflammation.
  4. Fruit. The brighter, the better! Colorful fruit like strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges are loaded with antioxidants.
  5. Leafy Vegetables. Some research suggests that Vitamin K-rich vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli dramatically reduce inflammation markers in blood.
  6. Nuts. Go nuts! Almonds, pistachios and walnuts are all great options and make for a tasty snack.
  7. Beans. Legumes and beans are loaded with fiber and have the added benefit of being a low-cost protein option.
  8. Whole Grains. Whole grains are packed with fiber, which helps maintain a healthy weight and lowers C-reactive protein (CRP), a substance in the blood that indicates inflammation. Just be sure to choose grains that are made from the entire kernel!
  9. Fish. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines tend to be the better source of omega-3 fatty acids. Hate fish? Try a fish oil supplement!
  10. Dark Chocolate. Yes, chocolate! Just be sure to opt for one with minimal sugar and additives, and watch your portions.

For more information on how an anti-inflammatory diet can help arthritis sufferers, see the Arthritis Foundation’s website at

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