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Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil is used throughout the world in cooking, cosmetics, soaps, lamp oil, and pharmaceuticals.  The oleic acid contained within olive oil is an anti-inflammatory agent.  Research has shown that people who eat more oleic acid have lower blood sugar and better insulin function.  Also there is a lot of data available that explains consumption of olive oil can have a healthy effect on the heart by regulating cholesterol.

Olive oil and garlic for your knee OA or NSAIDs and surgery?  Your choice.



Cherries

Cherries

Researchers believe that the anthocyanins in cherries have a significant impact in relieving joint and muscle pain.  Cherries are also rich in antioxidants, and can help reduce inflammation.  Cherries are available all year and are awesome.  Who doesn’t like cherries?  Why take cherry-flavored medicine to treat your knee osteoarthritis, skip the script and just start eating healthier.



Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include but are not limited to: brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, watercress, rutabaga, turnips, and mustard.  These vegetables are referred to as cruciferous because their flower petals are arranged in a cross shape (crucifer means cross-bearing).   They are high in antioxidants and sulfur.  Our bodies use sulfur to produce its own antioxidants.  So eat your veggies and postpone or avoid knee osteoarthritis surgery.  Seems like a reasonable trade.



blueberries

blueberries

Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C which helps promote a healthy immune system, they are a good source of fiber which aids in digestion, and are a good source of manganese which helps bones and assists in metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Blueberries also have antioxidant properties which helps fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and reduce inflammation associated with knee osteoarthritis.  However it is important to remember that blueberries lose a lot of their nutritional value when served with milk.  Milk interferes with antioxidants, so make sure you don’t eat your blueberries with milk, ice cream, or yogurt.



Heavy Impact

March 23, 2011

Osteoarthritis affects more than 10,000 Americans annually. This degenerative joint disease makes basic tasks incredibly painful for those with severe cases. New studies have shown that weight can play a big culprit in the on-set of osteoarthritis.

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center have found that an obese woman of average height who loses 11 pounds reduces her risk of knee osteoarthritis by 50 percent. That may seem unlikely, until you look at the numbers. A 10 pound weight gain adds an increase of force on the knee by up to 30-60 pounds, per step. That means if you’ve added on 20 pounds it’s like you’re putting the force of an entire other person onto your knees. Simple tasks like exercising and taking joint supplements can help reduce the effects of osteoarthritis.



Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is used as a key ingredient in indian, persian, and thai dishes, as well as being a primary component in curry powder.

Turmeric’s health benefits are numerous.  It has been used to treat skin conditions, different types of cancer, disinfect wounds, and has even helped treat depression.  It has been used in India for over 2500 years.  Why take drugs to reduce the inflammation associated with your osteoarthritis of the knee?  Turmeric is safe, inexpensive, and doesn’t require a co-pay.



Ginger

Ginger

Ginger can reduce swelling and the pain associated with osteoarthritis, it can reduce cholesterol, and thin blood.  It has also been used to fight constipation, seasickness, morning sickness, and colic.  Ginger tea has been used for years as a folk remedy to cure the common cold.  It is recognized as safe by the FDA and is sold as an unregulated dietary supplement.



Garlic

Garlic

Garlic not only adds flavor to food, but it also reduces inflammation, and can reduce the risk of a person developing arthritis. A recent study at the University of Anglia reported a correlation between eating garlic and the chances of developing arthritis.  Garlic contains diallyl disulphide which can slow down cartilage damaging enzymes.  Though more research on the subject needs to be conducted garlic won’t hurt and it tastes good!  Would you rather have bad breath from eating garlic or suffer from ulcers and gastro-intestinal bleeding from taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication?  Your choice.

Only you can make your knee osteoarthritis feel better.



Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea can reduce inflammation, risk of heart attacks, and risk of cancer.  It originates in China and is made with leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant.  Try green tea instead of coffee in the afternoons and see if it makes a difference.

Green tea is also purported to help rheumatoid arthritis, reduce cholesterol, and fight infection.  Green tea is rich in the anti-oxidant, epigallocatechin (EGCG).  EGCG inhibits the growth of cancer cells, lowers LDL cholesterol, and inhibits the formation of abnormal blood clots.  All that and it can reduce swelling in your knees too.

So try green tea to help ease the swelling associated with your osteoarthritis of the knee.



Eat Healthy - Reduce Swelling

Eat Healthy - Reduce Swelling

Pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and localized inflammation are the primary symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.  Changing your diet can have a profound effect on how your arthritic knees feel.  It has been well documented that losing weight will reduce pain and make a big difference on how well your knees function.  But what many people are unaware of, is that the type of food you eat can actually reduce swelling.  No drugs, no injections, no surgery….just change your eating habits.

This series of blog posts will examine what foods you should be eating to help reduce swelling.  No surprises here, you’ll notice these foods will help you lose weight as well.   Change your diet and you may be able to reduce your trips to the pharmacy and postpone surgery.  This is an aspect of your treatment program that is completely in your control.