Healthy diet for osteoarthritis

Diet plays a major role in the prevention of osteoarthritis or to be able to live free of symptoms. In addition to anti-inflammatory foods are also vitamins, a basic diet and a normal weight important factors.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint diseases in Switzerland and affects about 90 percent of people over the age of 65. If the cartilage layer at the joints is intact, we can move smoothly. On the other hand, if it comes to wear, the bones rub against each other without protection. Since the cartilage tissue has no nerves, joint pain is often felt only when bone, ligaments and joint capsules are already damaged. To prevent or relieve a change in diet can help.

Anti-inflammatory diet for osteoarthritis

Often chronic diseases cause inflammatory foci. This is also the case with osteoarthritis. The inflammation also promotes abrasion of the articular surfaces. An adaptation of the diet can permanently counteract this. An anti-inflammatory diet includes high-quality protein sources, plenty of vegetables, regular fruits, enough liquid and anti-inflammatory spices such as ginger, chili, turmeric and cinnamon. In addition, you should pay attention to high quality fats and oils. Vegetable oils such as rapeseed or linseed oil as well as marine fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel are rich sources of anti-inflammatory fatty acids. The fatty acids contained therein are considered to be the antagonists of arachidonic acid, a fatty acid that is converted by the body into inflammatory substances. Arachidonic acid is found exclusively in animal foods, which we tend to overgest (milk and dairy products, meat and meat products, eggs etc). In case of chronic problems fish should therefore rather be eaten instead of meat and sausage. Also pay attention to the amount of wheat products you consume. Wheat has a high lectin content, a complex protein that tends to promote inflammation. Alternatively, replace wheat with spelled, an ancient grain that provides the body with healthy substances such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. Also pay attention to the amount of wheat products you consume. Wheat has a high lectin content, a complex protein that tends to promote inflammation. Alternatively, replace wheat with spelled, an ancient grain that provides the body with healthy substances such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. Also pay attention to the amount of wheat products you consume. Wheat has a high lectin content, a complex protein that tends to promote inflammation. Alternatively, replace wheat with spelled, an ancient grain that provides the body with healthy substances such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

A, C or E – Vitamins are on the menu

To provide the joints with sufficient nutrients, you should eat as much as possible. In particular, vitamins A, C and E as well as beta-carotene are helpful in strengthening the joints because they prevent oxidative damage to the cartilage. Colorful fruits and vegetables like carrots, broccoli, peppers, spinach, grapefruit or cherries are among the rich sources of vitamin A, C and beta carotene. Foods such as rose hips, oranges, lemons, kiwis, blackcurrants, parsley, peas or beans are high in vitamin C. The vitamin E is in particularly high concentration in almonds, Moringa, hazelnuts, sunflower oil or sweet potatoes.

Eat Basic – for a balanced budget

Although our organism can excrete a certain amount of excess acid itself, certain substances accumulate in our joints at too high a concentration and cause pain. It is therefore important to balance the acid-base balance with alkaline foods. In addition to potatoes, cauliflower or celery, basic foods include bananas or dried fruits. On the other hand, pasta, confectionery, alcohol and dairy products are among the acidic foods that should only be eaten in small quantities.

Overweight – the heavy load on the joints

In addition to joint inflammation, malnutrition and lack of exercise, obesity is one of the most common causes of osteoarthritis. Although we Swiss according to studies have a good understanding of healthy and balanced nutrition, we feed too rich. This creates a breeding ground for osteoarthritis: The more kilos the joints have to wear, the faster they use off. Hip and knee joints are most often affected by obesity due to OA. Not least by an increased sugar intake, the body produces too much insulin and stores fats. Bad carbohydrates such as pasta made from white flour, white bread or finished products cause the blood sugar level to rise and fall quickly again: cravings arise. Instead, consume complex carbohydrates like potatoes, brown rice, millet, oatmeal,

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint diseases in Switzerland and affects about 90 percent of people over the age of 65. If the cartilage layer at the joints is intact, we can move smoothly. On the other hand, if it comes to wear, the bones rub against each other without protection. Since the cartilage tissue has no nerves, joint pain is often felt only when bone, ligaments and joint capsules are already damaged. To prevent or relieve a change in diet can help.

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