FAQ: Can you cure Osteoarthritis with diet?

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Can you cure osteoarthritis with diet?

You can’t cure your osteoarthritis through your diet. But some people do seem to find that their symptoms do improve when they change what they eat.

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People suggest a wide range of foods and supplements can help with the chronic condition. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are amongst the most popular suggestions. Yet, there is very little scientific evidence to support any of these. The best advice is to make sure that you have a wide and varied diet. Ensure that you get all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body needs. This will help to keep you in the best possible health.

Fruits and Vegetables

Can you cure osteoarthritis with diet

Some people feel that certain fruits and vegetables make their arthritis worse. Included in this list are vegetables from the “nightshade” family, such as:

potatoes
tomatoes
peppers
chillies
aubergines
 Additionally, some people claim that citrus fruits like oranges and lemons worsen symptoms. Again, there is no scientific evidence that cutting these out of your diet can help. So it is not recommended that you do. These fruits and vegetables contain important nutrients. They form an important part of a healthy diet.

Healthy Weight

The most important link between diet and osteoarthritis is the effect it has on your weight. If you are overweight, this will put a strain on your joints, particularly your knees, hips and lower back. Your pain levels will increase. This strain and pain will affect how mobile you are which can mean that you do less exercise. Less exercise will cause weight gain. In this way, a vicious cycle begins. Science also tells us that fat cells release certain chemicals into your body. These chemicals cause joint inflammation. Aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet that can maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, even a small loss of weight will help reduce pain and stiffness in your joints.

Use a BMI (body mass index) calculator to see if you are a healthy weight.

Related link: Are you scared that doing exercise to lose weight will only worsen your pain? Read this article How Much Pain Is Too Much Pain

This FAQ  was curated by Creaky Me as part of the article  6 Facts You Need to Know about OA and Diet

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