Many of us might take for granted the simplicity of being able to open a jar, change our clothes, or function on a day-to-day basis. But for many, these (and other) day-to-day tasks are not that easy. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, whether it be rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
Arthritis is broken up into two main forms: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both can have painful effects on a person's mental and physical wellbeing. Osteoarthritis is the more common condition, and results from long-term wear-and-tear damage to your joints cartilage, causing two bones to grind directly on one another. Nearly one in two people may develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis by the time they are 85 years old; two out of three obese people are diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
There are many treatments available to treat arthritis, from oral medications such as over-the-counter pain killers to prescription narcotics. However, many of these only have a temporary effect. Physical therapy or any other type of active therapy might help to reduce the inflammation and increase the range on motion for people suffering. Nevertheless, many sufferers look for natural remedies and holistic approaches to helping their pain.
The nutrients and vitamins in certain foods might help to alleviate some of the pain. However, there is no concrete scientific evidence proving that any specific foods can reverse the effects or cure the pain.
Nevertheless, we've come up with a list of some super foods that might help to alleviate the effects:
4. Green Tea
5. Orange Juice
7. Peanut Butter
8. Whole Grains
To learn more about how these foods can help fight arthritis, click on the image above to start the slideshow.