What seniors eat could help treat arthritis

Despite the fact that many seniors recognize the importance of staying physically active as they get older, some may find it difficult to do so because of significant pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. According to The Arthritis Society, an estimated 4.5 million Canadians have some form of the condition, and the figures are expected to increase significantly by 2031. While it may be a prevalent health issue, seniors are certainly not without treatment options, and that includes making tweaks to their diet. There are several foods that haven proven to be particularly effective when it comes to alleviating arthritis pain.

Green tea
It’s no secret that this popular beverage offers plenty of benefits thanks in large part to its high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids, and experts say it may be able to help seniors battling arthritis fight back against the pain and discomfort. Researchers are currently investigating why green tea has shown promise in treating both osteoarthritis and the less common rheumatoid arthritis, but many believe it can reduce the amount of substances that destroy joints and cartilage, according to CNN.

Omega-3 fatty acids
These nutrients, most commonly found in fish, have been associated with healthy aging for years, and recent research suggests they might help reduce arthritis pain. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids rest in their anti-inflammatory characteristics. Inflammation is to blame for many health problems, and arthritis is no different. In fact, some studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3s can help seniors cut down on their use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Interestingly, a number of spices can have a surprising impact on arthritis pain, according to NBC’S Today Show. More specifically, ginger and turmeric have proven to have the most significant effects. Much like omega-3 fatty acids, ginger contains substances that work to fight inflammation that’s common with arthritis. Turmeric, which is the main ingredient in yellow curry, has similar anti-inflammatory capabilities. While spices can offer benefits, scientists say these recommendations come with a few caveats. For instance, ginger can act as a blood thinner, so anybody who is taking blood thinning medication may want to think about an alternate route to addressing their arthritis.