- Eating Right with Arthritis: Arthritis Nutrition FAQs
- How can following a proper diet help my arthritis?
- Is weight management important in helping with my arthritis?
- What are corticosteroids and how might they affect my diet?
- Are sugar substitutes safe to use?
- Which one is best to use?
- Are eggs okay to eat?
- What is an appropriate amount to eat each week?
- What about egg substitutes?
- Do nightshade vegetables contribute to arthritis?
- Does chocolate influence arthritis?
- What is the difference between an Omega-3 fatty acid and an Omega-6 fatty acid?
- How much fish is okay to eat without having to worry about consuming too much mercury?
- Which kinds of fish are high in mercury?
- 5 Foods to Ease Arthritis Pain
- 3 Worst Foods for Joint Pain (and What to Eat Instead)
- Saturated Fats
- Fried Foods
- Take Your Joint Pain Seriously
- 6 foods that won’t help your arthritis
- The Benefits of Oats for Arthritis Sufferers
- Oats for arthritis sufferers
- Consumption of oatmeal to reduce arthritis pain
Eating Right with Arthritis: Arthritis Nutrition FAQs
How can following a proper diet help my arthritis?
Researchers continue to look at the role diet plays in arthritis. While evidence is accumulating, anyone with arthritis can benefit from a diet that provides adequate macronutrients and micronutrients to prevent deficiencies. Some examples of these nutrients include vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates. Doctors recommend a balanced diet with variety and moderation.
Is weight management important in helping with my arthritis?
Yes, weight management can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Having a healthy weight can also improve mobility, and contribute to overall well being and health.
What are corticosteroids and how might they affect my diet?
Corticosteroids are medications used to control inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Corticosteroids are some of the oldest, most effective and fastest-working drugs for many forms of arthritis. When used properly and sparingly, corticosteroids have the power to spare joints, eyes and internal organs from damaging inflammation.
Unfortunately, they also have the potential to do great harm by causing increased risk of diabetes and osteoporosis. You may experience sodium retention, loss of potassium and weight gain. Corticosteroids also can increase your appetite. If you are taking corticosteroids, it is reasonable to avoid adding extra salt to your food. Also, watch your calorie intake carefully to avoid weight gain. It’s especially important for women on corticosteroids to take calcium and vitamin D supplements.
One should consume the recommended 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to help counteract the symptoms (sodium retention/potassium loss), and to provide essential potassium and help balance any sodium retention. If a patient cannot manage their own weight gain, they can see a nutritionist for a consult and personalized meal plan.
Are sugar substitutes safe to use?
Which one is best to use?
I like using Splenda® because it measures exactly like sugar when baking.
Are eggs okay to eat?
Eggs are a great source of protein, but also contain cholesterol and saturated fat in the yolk.
What is an appropriate amount to eat each week?
If you are watching the cholesterol in your diet, you should have less than 4 whole eggs a week.
What about egg substitutes?
Egg whites and egg substitutes do not have the yolk, so they are fat and cholesterol free.
Do nightshade vegetables contribute to arthritis?
There has been no recent data or research to show that nightshade vegetables contribute to arthritis. However, if eliminating these foods from your diet improves your symptoms, then you can choose to do so. Nightshade vegetables include white potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant.
Does chocolate influence arthritis?
I have not seen research that shows a correlation between chocolate and arthritis. But if you find that it worsens your symptoms, try eliminating it and see if your body responds.
What is the difference between an Omega-3 fatty acid and an Omega-6 fatty acid?
Omega-3 and Omega-6 belong to a family of fats called essential fatty acids (EFAs). These EFAs are found in polyunsaturated fats. Two of the Omega-3 fatty acids are called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic (DHA).
EPA and DHA are found primarily in oily cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel. The third omega-3 fatty acid is called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in dark leafy vegetables, flaxseed oils, and certain vegetable oils.
Studies have shown that having Omega-3 acids in your diet may reduce the severity of inflammation. Omega-6 fatty acids convert in the body producing gamma linoliec acid (GLA). Omega-6 fatty acids are found in meats, poultries, and eggs, which may contribute to inflammation.
How much fish is okay to eat without having to worry about consuming too much mercury?
Mercury is not found in all fish, and it is safe to consume fish low in mercury on a daily basis. If you eat a high mercury fish, you will not feel sick immediately. However, eating fish with high amounts of mercury regularly causes it to build up in your blood over time.
Which kinds of fish are high in mercury?
Following is data obtained from the National Resources Defense Council, which compiles their information from the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency:
Highest Mercury (Avoid when possible)
Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)
High Mercury (Limit to 3 or less servings per month)
Spanish Mackerel Sea Bass (Chilean)
Tuna (Canned Albacore)
Moderate Mercury (Limit to 6 servings per month)
Bass (Striped, Black)
Croaker (White Pacific)
Halibut (Atlantic and Pacfic)
Mahi Mahi Monkfish
Tuna (Chunk light canned)
Weakfish (Sea Trout)
Least Mercury (Enjoy these fish)
Mackerel (North Atlantic) Mullet
Salmon (fresh and canned)
Summary by the HSS Education Division
Laura Allman, RD
Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Services Department
Hospital for Special Surgery
5 Foods to Ease Arthritis Pain
sArthritis is a rather broad term that refers to many types of joint pain or joint disease. Generally speaking, arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of your joints. Symptoms of arthritis can include pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the joints. While your diet won’t cure your arthritis, there are certain foods that have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones, and boost the immune system. A healthy, balanced diet is the most important factor, and staying at a healthy weight can ease stress on your joints. However, adding these specific foods to your balanced diet may help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.
Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and trout are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation. Try to incorporate fish into your diet a couple times a week. If you’re not a fan of fish, you can always talk to your medical provider about taking an omega-3 supplement into your routine.
Studies have found many health benefits in garlic, but most important are its anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is also a member of the allium family – which includes onions and leeks – and contains a compound called diallyl disulphine that may help limit cartilage-damaging enzymes. Studies have shown that people who regularly ate foods from the allium family showed fewer signs of early osteoarthritis.
Anthocyanin is the ingredient that gives cherry their red color, and it also has been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect. A 2013 study found that subjects who drank tart cherry juice had improvements in pain and stiffness with osteoarthritis. Anthocyanin can also be found in other red and purple fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
Your parents probably always told you to eat your broccoli growing up, and for good reason. Vegetables are always a healthy choice, but broccoli is a part of the cruciferous family and is full of a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is thought to help prevent or slow the progression of osteoarthritis according to some early studies. Broccoli is also rich in calcium, which is always a good choice for bone health. Other members of the cruciferous family include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower.
Turmeric is one of the best-researched ingredients for fighting inflammation. The spice has been used in India for centuries to ward off all sorts of infections and diseases. Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that is thought to help reduce inflammation. If you don’t want to use spices in every meal, turmeric is also available in supplement form. Be sure to check with your medical provider regarding any supplements you take.
Some food ingredients are known to cause inflammation in the body, and should generally be avoided when trying to ease arthritis symptoms. Excess sugar, MSG, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol are a few examples.
Along with conventional treatments, eating a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your joints happy.
According to the National Institutes of Health, arthritis affects about one in every five people in the United States. Arthritis is not a single disease, but a category that includes about a hundred disorders that involve joints (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common). Most people probably don’t realize how much nutrition can improve the way they feel.
Because arthritis is a disease of inflammation, the most effective — and logical — treatment is anything that fights inflammation. Medical management of arthritis usually starts with ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications, and nutritional care starts with anti-inflammatory foods.
Before we get into my food specifics, I urge you tolose weight if you’re overweight. Being overweight puts extra stress on the joints, which increases the risk of wear and tear. In fact, every one pound of weight you lose equates to four pounds less stress and pressure on your knees. But there is another reason why being overweight is a problem. Body fat is not just an inert substance, it is metabolically active, capable of producing hormones and chemicals that actually increase levels of inflammation. By losing weight — and avoiding excess calories that can cause weight gain — you’ll automatically reduce the level of inflammation in your body.
When it comes to specific foods you should eat, an anti-inflammatory diet involves avoiding foods that make inflammation worse (saturated fat, trans fat and simple refined carbohydrate)… and eating plenty of foods that reduce inflammation.
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These foods all help to reduce some aspect of inflammation:
Omega-3 fatty acids
The healthiest of fats for people with arthritis or other inflammatory disorders are omega-3 fatty acids, one of the polyunsaturated fats. While other foods increase levels of inflammation in the body, omega-3s actually work to decrease inflammation by suppressing the production of cytokines and enzymes that erode cartilage. More than a dozen studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fish oils can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Study participants reported greater strength, less fatigue, reduced joint swelling and tenderness, less joint stiffness and less pain.
Although the evidence is less clear about how fish oil affects osteoarthritis, the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3s are so potent that I recommend an omega-3-rich diet (and, in some instances, fish-oil supplements) to all my clients with arthritis. I’ve seen some amazing success stories. The best foods for omega-3 fatty acids: salmon (wild, fresh or canned), herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, omega-3-fortified eggs, flaxseed (ground and oil), and walnuts.
Extra-virgin olive oil
Olive oil contains the “good” monounsaturated fat, which protects the body against inflammation because it contains antioxidants called polyphenols. In animal studies, rats with arthritis were fed diets high in various kinds of oils. The researchers found that both fish oil and olive oil prevented (or helped reduce) arthritis-related inflammation. I recommend using olive oil when cooking, instead of vegetable oil or butter. Don’t load it on — just substitute one for the other in equal or lesser amounts.
Antioxidants—vitamin C, selenium, carotenes, bioflavonoids
Inflammation produces free radicals, those cell-damaging molecules that are formed in response to toxins or natural body processes. The synovium is just as prone to this kind of damage as the skin, eyes, or any other body tissue. Antioxidants protect the body from the effects of free radicals, and are a critical part of an anti-inflammation diet. Research has demonstrated that certain antioxidants may help prevent arthritis, slow its progression and relieve pain.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage. In addition, research suggests that people who eat a diet low in vitamin C may have a greater risk of developing some kinds of arthritis. For those reasons, it is important to make vitamin C-rich foods an important part of your daily diet. However, researchers at Duke University found that long-term, high-dose vitamin C supplements may make osteoarthritis worse. I wouldn’t want you to risk your health with supplements, so if you have osteoarthritis, you should only get vitamin C from food sources — not from an individual supplement (100% of the Daily Value found in a standard multivitamin is fine, but avoid brands with larger amounts). Some of the best foods for vitamin C:guava, sweet peppers (yellow/red/green), oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, kohlrabi, papayas, lemons, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, kidney beans, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, red cabbage, mangos, white potato (with skin) and mustard greens.
- Selenium: Low levels of the mineral selenium are related to osteoarthritis severity, and possibly to rheumatoid arthritis. In a study of more than 900 people, those who had low levels of selenium were more likely to have osteoarthritis of the knee. People who ate very few selenium-rich foods were nearly twice as likely to have severe arthritis compared with those who ate a selenium-rich diet. Some of the best foods for selenium:Brazil nuts, tuna (to avoid mercury, buy canned light tuna), crab, oysters, tilapia, pasta (whole-wheat), lean beef, cod, shrimp, whole grains, turkey and wheat germ.
- Carotenes: The carotenoids are a group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found in many fruits and vegetables. The best known is beta carotene, but there are many others. When it comes to arthritis, the carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin may reduce the risk of developing inflammation-related disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers from the United Kingdom found that people who ate diets high in beta-cryptoxanthin were half as likely to develop a form of inflammatory arthritis as those who ate very few beta-cryptoxanthin foods. They found that adding just one additional serving each day of a food high in beta-cryptoxanthin helped reduce arthritis risk.
Some of the best foods for beta carotene include: sweet potato, carrots, kale, butternut squash, turnip greens, pumpkin, mustard greens, cantaloupe, sweet red pepper, apricots and spinach.
Some of the best foods for beta cryptoxanthin include: winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.
- Bioflavonoids — quercetin and anthocyanidins: The bioflavonoids quercetin and anthocyanidins are both forms of antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory effects of quercetin may seem to be similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin and ibuprofen). For example, the synovial fluid in joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis contain highly inflammatory chemicals called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). In research, quercetin was able to limit the inflammatory effects of TNF. Some of the best foods for quercetin:onions (red, yellow, white), kale, leeks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, lingonberries, cocoa powder, apricots and apples with skin (*Red Delicious).
Anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins are powerful antioxidants known to reduce inflammation. They seem to inhibit production of certain inflammatory chemicals, including cytokines and prostaglandins. They contribute to the health of connective tissue, and are more powerful than vitamin C for defusing dangerous free radicals that can irritate body tissues and cause inflammation. Some of the best foods for anthocyanidins: blackberries, black currants, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, cherries, boysenberries, red/black grapes, strawberries and plums
Spices—ginger and turmeric
Most people don’t realize that spices are a part of nutrition. Like fruits and vegetables, spices come from plant sources, and they can have powerful effects on health. Certain spices seem to have anti-inflammatory effects, and therefore should be considered for arthritis treatment. Among the most promising are ginger and turmeric. Ginger contains chemicals that work similarly to some anti-inflammatory medications, so its effects on arthritis pain are not surprising. However, ginger can also act as a blood thinner, so anyone taking a blood-thinning medication should collaborate with their personal physician when adding foods and beverages seasoned with ginger. To incorporate more ginger into your diet, grate fresh ginger into stir-fries, enjoy ginger tea and bake low-fat ginger muffins.
Turmeric, sometimes called curcumin, is a mustard-yellow spice from Asia. It is the main ingredient in yellow curry. Scientific studies have shown that turmeric may help arthritis by suppressing inflammatory body chemicals. Enjoy chicken curry and healthy recipes that call for this anti-inflammatory seasoning.
Joy Bauer is the author of “Food Cures.” For more information on healthy eating, check out Joy’s Web site at www.joybauernutrition.com
3 Worst Foods for Joint Pain (and What to Eat Instead)
Medication and physical conditioning are common ways to reduce joint pain. Now there’s growing evidence that “diet” should be added to that list.
Scientists are noticing a strong link between nutrition and pain. In particular, certain foods can lead to inflammation, a key cause of pain in many joint conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Here are three food types that can cause knee, elbow, and other joint pain—and the tasty alternatives you should eat instead.
A 22-oz. Coke has about 9 teaspoons of sugar—which is the amount in a grande Starbucks latte, two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and a Fruit Roll-up … combined.
Processed sugars set off inflammation, which in turn causes pain. Sugary drinks are the main source of added sugar in the American diet.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. But if you’re like the average American, you consume about three times that amount, probably without even realizing it.
But hidden sugars lurk in all sorts of processed foods, such as yogurt, nutritional bars, and tomato sauce.
- Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt: 27g or 5.4 teaspoons of sugar
- Chocolate Peanut Butter PowerBar: 23g or 4.6 teaspoons of sugar
- Ragu Three Cheese Pasta Sauce (1 cup): 22g or 4.4 teaspoons of sugar
What to eat instead: If your sweet tooth is making it hard to cut back on sugar, try a natural sweet treat: berries. Fruits in general are good at fighting inflammation, but berries contain anthocyanins, potent anti-inflammatory chemicals.
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Eating foods high in saturated fats increases the level of cholesterol in your blood, putting you at risk of heart disease and stroke. But research shows it also stimulates adipose (fat tissue) tissue inflammation, which can make arthritis inflammation worse.
What to avoid: Some of most popular American food is to blame. Pizza and cheese are the biggest sources of saturated fats in the average American diet, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
- Other foods that contribute to our saturated fat intake include:
- Grain-based desserts (donuts, cookies, pastries)
- Dairy desserts (ice cream, milkshakes)
- Chicken and chicken mixed dishes
- Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs
What to eat instead: Make your favorite dishes healthier by swapping in lower fat foods. For example:
- Instead of an egg, use two egg whites
- Instead of whole milk, use reduced-fat or fat-free milk
- Instead of butter, use olive oil
Remember that all fats are not created equal. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats—found in salmon, avocados, and walnuts—actually lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
The food vendors at your local fair may be your worst enemies. From onion rings to deep-fried Snickers, they’re serving a known cause of inflammation: fried food.
Cooking food at high temperatures produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs), toxins that cause inflammation. AGEs are also linked to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
According to a Mount Sinai School of Medicine study, people who reduce the amount of processed and fried foods in their diet enjoy reduced inflammation, “regardless of age or health status.”
What to avoid: Limit or avoid processed foods as well as grilled, broiled, fried, and microwaved meats. Avoid anything deep-fried, such as:
- French fries
- Onion rings
- Potato chips
What to eat instead: The key is in the preparation. Whenever possible, reduce the cooking temperature of meats and proteins. Poach, stew, or steam your food, or use liquid (for example, by braising). And as already noted, avoid processed foods, which have more AGEs than home-prepared versions.
Take Your Joint Pain Seriously
While diet is an easy way to reduce inflammation and improve joint health, it’s no substitute for the advice of a medical professional.
Our physicians specialize in non-surgical treatments for joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, injuries, aging, and other conditions.
Come in to Flexogenix for a free consultation and we’ll discuss the joint treatments that are right for you.
6 foods that won’t help your arthritis
We all know we need to eat less fat and exercise more, but for those who suffer from arthritis, there are even more obvious reasons for doing this.
Being overweight will put more strain on joints, so you’ll have to take more painkillers to combat the aches and pains, while moderate exercise such as swimming or pilates burns calories to stop you putting on weight and also boosts your strength and suppleness.
According to Arthritis Research UK, having too much body fat may also “increase inflammation in the body, making your joints more painful”.
The charity says evidence shows that losing weight can reduce inflammation in any kind of arthritis.
Research also shows certain vitamins and minerals can help with arthritis and that deficiencies are linked with the condition progressing more quickly.
Arthritis Research UK recommends eating a balanced and varied diet and copying our friends in the Mediterranean by eating more fish, pulses, nuts, olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Oily fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help some people with inflammatory types of the condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The charity is also doing studies into whether a compound in broccoli can slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
While Arthritis Research UK doesn’t recommend giving up any fruit and veg completely, nutritionist Cassandra Barns suggests cutting down on the following:
1. Red meat
It contains relatively high levels of an omega-6 fatty acid called arachidonic acid, which may exacerbate pain and inflammation. A small quantity of good quality red meat can be beneficial, supplying good levels of nutrients such as iron; however, those with arthritis may benefit from sticking to one or two servings per week.
2. Fried foods
Avoid any fried foods, particularly those fried in vegetable oils, which are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Fry or roast food in oil only occasionally. Olive oil is a slightly better alternative to normal vegetable oils but its fatty acids can still spoil at high temperatures, so avoid heating it to smoking point.
3. Sugary drinks
Like coffee, they can increase the acidity of the blood, exacerbating inflammation. The best drinks to have include pure water and herbal teas; fruit juice diluted half and half with water is OK, but avoid orange juice.
Coffee can contribute to increased acidity of the blood, which can exacerbate any inflammation. Decaffeinated coffee is not a good alternative as it still contains substances that can be detrimental to the body. Green tea and herbal teas are a much better alternative.
5. Nightshade family vegetables
Tomatoes, white potatoes, aubergine and peppers may all exacerbate pain and inflammation for some people with arthritis.
6. Lots of wheat and dairy
Food allergies or intolerances, such as those to wheat and dairy, may be a common contributor to inflammation, as they occur when the individual’s immune system reacts abnormally to a substance in a food.
Symptoms can include exacerbation of joint pain, and may be a particular issue for those with rheumatoid arthritis.
The Benefits of Oats for Arthritis Sufferers
We’ve talked about the benefits of oats many times on this blog. Nutritionists refer to it as a superfood that you should be including in your diet, not just for your health but the health of your whole family. Perhaps you choose to eat oatmeal when you want to lose weight or lower your levels of LDL cholesterol. Today, however, we want to focus on the benefits of oats for arthritis sufferers.
This is a painful and sometimes incapacitating ailment that disrupts your day to day life, but you can find relief through the consumption of oats. Ready to know why? Read on and we’ll explain.
Oats for arthritis sufferers
Oats are one of the richest foods in vitamins and minerals, packing some of the most energy and nutrients found in nature. That’s why it has been one of the most preferred cereals for centuries and the best known today.
The reason why oatmeal can help treat arthritis is because it’s one of the best foods for reducing inflammation. Thanks to the high content of vitamin B6, it’s perfect for reducing pain and relaxing the tissues that surround the joints.
Read more: 11 Benefits of Oats, Plus a Breakfast Recipe
Oats also help repair cartilage and nourish the tissues of the muscles and bones. All of this is thanks to its incredible nutritional makeup.
Check out the nutrients that are found in every 100 grams:
- 11.72 g protein
- 9.67 g of fiber
- 55.70 g carbohydrates
- 342 mg of phosphorus
- 5.80 mg iron
- 80 mg calcium
- 355 mg of potassium
- 7.70 mg of iodine
- 8.40 mg sodium
- 0.17 mg vitamin B2
- 3.37 mg of vitamin B3
- 0.9 g of vitamin B5
- 0.69 mg of vitamin B6
- 13 g of Vitamin B7
- 0.9 g vitamin B9
- 0.7 g Vitamin B12
- 30 mg of vitamin C
- And, finally, 0.84 mg of vitamin E
Help for bones and inflammation
As you can see from this list, there are very high levels of essential nutrients in oats. In particular the B complex vitamins that help treat any ailments associated with the bones and inflammation. As well as that it can help to treat the pain that is associated with arthritis.
Another of the benefits of oats for arthritis is to do with toxins. This is because oatmeal is an excellent natural diuretic. Because of that it can help eliminate all the toxins and excess fluids that accumulate around your joints. These are gradually removed through your urine, thus providing you with relief and a better quality of life.
Read more: 7 Natural Diuretics That You Should Include in Your Diet
And don’t forget the high fiber content. This helps cleanse your intestines and remove any remnant toxins. Consequently, a body that’s free from toxins is one that better resists inflammation, fluid retention, and infection. You can obtain all these benefits by eating a simple bowl of oatmeal with your breakfast. We’re sure you can now see the benefits of oats for arthritis.
Consumption of oatmeal to reduce arthritis pain
First of all, you should know that if you experience some swelling after eating oatmeal, you should see your doctor. This is an uncommon response in healthy adults. However, when it does occur it’s possible that you have an allergy to oats, gluten, or even a particular kind of protein.
If you find that this inflammation occurs whenever you eat oats, talk with your doctor. But as we said, this is rare, which is why it’s a staple breakfast food in the homes of millions of people.
1. How should you consume oats?
First of all, you should only buy 100% natural oats that are sold at diet or natural stores, because what’s packaged in the regular grocery stores isn’t always as healthy.
- Never mix oatmeal with cow’s milk. Cow’s milk can actually increase inflammation and isn’t recommended if you suffer from arthritis. Try mixing it with water or almond milk.
- The best way to eat oats with your breakfast is by mixing them with apples and bananas. And never forget to add a little honey – it’s ideal for treating arthritis!
2. External oatmeal treatment
- 4 oz of oatmeal (the type sold in natural and diet stores)
- 1.7 fluid oz of water
- 1 oz of honey
- All you need to do is make a warm paste. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. It should be thick enough to apply anywhere you experience joint pain.
- Make sure the water is warm, even a little hot, but never hot enough to burn you. Then place it over the affected areas for 20 minutes and after that rinse with fresh water. This hot-cold treatment is great for alleviating pain and inflammation.
- It only provides temporary relief, but the most important thing you can do is eat oats every day. Your health will notice the difference.