Ways to Treat Arthritis
BY: DR. MELINA ROBERTS
1. Avoid Nightshade vegetables:
- White potatoes
- all Peppers except black pepper
There is a high percentage of people who are sensitive to nightshade vegetables. For these individuals, avoiding nightshade vegetables greatly improves their arthritic pain. For individuals with arthritis I suggest avoiding the nightshade vegetables for 1 month to see if you notice any changes in your arthritic pain.
2. Eat sulfur-containing foods. Sulfur is necessary for building and repairing connective tissue, cartilage and bone. It helps to reduce arthritic inflammation.
Eat more sulfur-containing foods, such as:
3. Eat omega-3 fats. EPA and DHA are the two omega-3 fatty acids that can produce natural substances in the body to decrease joint pain and prevent inflammation.
Rich food sources of omega-3 fats include:
- Flaxseed oil
- Olive oil
4. Eat antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants help neutralize oxygen free radicals, which contribute to joint deterioration and aging. All fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidant. Some of the best food sources include:
- Tart cherries
- Citrus fruits
- Green tea
- Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach or chard
5. Prolotherapy: an injection therapy that stimulates regeneration or ligaments and tendons.