Many people suffer with the pain of arthritis, including stiffness, ‘fiery’ sensations, swelling, and the inability to hold onto items like a coffee cup. There are ways to ease the suffering. Drugs on the market target the inflammation in joints, helping to ease the pain and burning sensation as well as preventing stiffness and further joint damage. Actemera treatment can be beneficial when other antirheumatic drugs have failed. Exercise and diet are also beneficial arthritis treatments.
Making a smoothie with one or more of the following ingredients can help increase joint function and ease discomfort
1. Plain yogurt
Studies have shown that plain Greek yogurt contains probiotics that help with the inflammation that causes pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The probiotics, bifidus, lactobacillus casei, and lactobacillus acidophilus have all been shown to fight inflammation in joints. Adding some plain Greek yogurt to the morning smoothie can help joints to function better and with less pain during the day
This tiny seed packs a real health punch. Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are known to reduce inflammation, the primary cause of painful joints due to arthritis and osteoporosis. Adding just two tablespoons to your morning smoothie will help to control the inflammation and painful stiffness in your knees, fingers and elbows
The superfood that made Popeye the Sailor strong and mighty is the same food that can help sufferers of arthritic pain. Dark greens or spinach contain properties called antioxidants. Kaempferol is an antioxidant that helps to lessen the crippling effects of inflammation. It can slow the deterioration of joints by blocking the inflammatory degeneration of rheumatoid arthritis. Although many people do not like the taste of dark greens, their medicinal value far outweighs the tastes. Hide the spinach, kale or other dark greens in a smoothie to mask the taste and get all of the nutritional benefits
4. Dried figs
Chewy, sweet and delicious, figs are wonderful as a snack. These Mediterranean fruits have huge health benefits for consumers. Among these benefits is an inhibitor that slows the destruction of bone due to osteoporosis, periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Dried figs are wonderful alone or when blended with other smoothie ingredients.
5. Fish oils
Omega-3 fatty acids are well known for their beneficial effects on the body. Two of the Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, have been discovered to reduce inflammation. Since inflammation is the culprit behind the swelling, pain and joint stiffness, these oils can stop the pain associated with arthritis and osteoporosis. These fatty acids also help to boost the immune system to fight diseases like arthritis. Most fish oils taste – well, fishy. Mask the taste and reap the health benefits by hiding the fish oil in a flavorful smoothie
Try making a morning smoothie with all of these ingredients for a vitamin-filled, antioxidant-rich, Omega-3 punch that will send inflammation and pain fleeing from your joints. The smoothie will also support bone health, enabling remaining bone to stay healthy longer and inhibiting the destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.