We found some tips from Fiann Ó Nualláin, a holistic gardener that may help.
Osteoarthritis most often develops in over 50’s or sportsmen and women. Osteoarthritis affects cartilage (shock absorber) between the bones thus causing the bones to friction. The result is pain, inflammation, stiffness and reduced mobility.
Did you know glucosamine and chondroitin are both structural components of cartilage – they both stimulate cartilage chondrocytes to produce new collagen and proteoglycans (that keeps mobility and pain buffing in play) but it is not currently clear if they can produce enough to reverse damage and may only slow further damage. Further trials and studies are to be made.
In terms of dietary changes – cartilage is prominently comprised of water and collagen and so beyond staying hydrated, you can pick foods that boost collagen production. But the collagen enriching diet is also full of antioxidants and mild pain-relieving phytochemicals that it benefits overall wellbeing and can diminish pain perception too.
Foods most noted to kick-start our innate collagen production phase include almonds, avocados, beetroot, carrots, dark green vegetables, soy and garlic. Vitamin C is a key nutrient in collagen production.
Rheumatoid arthritis can onset from late thirties. The body’s immune system malfunctions and targets joints as if they were compromised. Antibodies attack the outer covering of the joint, triggering inflammation and thus pain signalling. Overtime this continual attack can cause changes in joint shape and affect healthy function.
It can be noted that women are three times more likely to be develop rheumatoid arthritis than men and this may be related to decreased calcium and magnesium levels during child bearing and menopause.
Calcium and magnesium rich foods or supplementation may help here – as those components do have a role in mitigating inflammation.
Turmeric and ginger owe their yellow pigmentation to curcumin which when ingested exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects in human physiology. Other culinary analgesics with good anti-inflammatory properties include cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, sage, thyme, oregano and garlic.
Fiann is passionate about his work and full of knowledge, he has a background in medicinal botany, nutritional science and horticultural therapy.
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Please Note: These are tips on how to supplement your food or prescribed medication. Not to replace them.