Is arthritis being a pain?

If arthritis is causing you pain, make sure your diet is high in anti-oxidants and essential fats to reduce inflammation so eat plenty of fresh fruit, especially berries, veg and oily fish as well as raw nuts and seeds (not roasted & salted).
Turmeric and ginger are also anti-inflammatory so add plenty to your cooking or make a delicious tea by infusing some chopped fresh root ginger in boiling water.
Feast on fresh fruit and veg (best sources of boron which enhances utilisation of vitamin D and modulates immune & inflammatory processes).
Eat unrefined foods (for B vits) so wholemeal bread, rice and pasta.
Pantothenic acid plays a role in our immune systems – best food sources are eggs, potatoes, saltwater fish, pork, beef, milk, whole wheat, peas, beans and fresh veg.
For flavonoids & isoflavones – black grapes, grape juice, prunes, dark  cherries, blueberries, raisins, currants and red wine (!) are good sources.
Minerals from seeds, nuts and root veg are needed and drink plenty of water and herbal teas.
Avoid adrenal stimulants like tea, coffee, sugar and refined carbs (all the white ones).
If you’re elderly it is unlikely that you will be producing sufficient enzymes involved in glucosamine production so it might be beneficial to consider 1-2g/day glucosamine hydrochloride (not sulphate, the hydrochloride is cheaper and has less gut problems) combined with manganese (an essential co-factor and depletion is common). Chondroitin is a cheaper alternative to glucosamine but it’s less effective.

Written by

Claudia Williamson Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSc, mBANT, mCHNC Tunbridge Wells, Kent