Everyday Cooking with Arthritis
May 23rd, 2013
By Holly Clegg
Did you know that arthritis is the second most reported chronic disease? My father has suffered with arthritis and has had three hip replacements and trouble with his hands and I have dear friend that has had finger surgeries and problems holding a fork. I worked closely with the Arthritis Association of Louisiana to research and learn the correlation between food and arthritis to focus on recipes, tips and nutritional nuggets to help alleviate arthritic symptoms, such as joint inflammation, fatigue and nausea.
Check out these nutritional nuggets that may help those that are challenged by arthritis to ease arthritis symptoms and reduce inflammation.
1. Watermelon. A delicious summer favorite fruit that is packed full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that reduces and helps fight inflammation and also plays an essential role in collagen formation, helping to keep bone and cartilage tissue strong, which also helps reduce pain from arthritic inflammation.
2. Shrimp. A lean source of protein, shrimp is also found to be an excellent source of the antioxidant mineral selenium – protecting the body from inflammatory damage to the joints. Always buy peeled shrimp to help reduce stress on your joints.
3. Skim milk. Calcium and vitamin D are its most praised nutrients but skim milk is rich in potassium, protein and other nutrients needed to build our bones, as well.
4. Sweet potatoes. Are rich in Vitamin A and carotenoids by their rich orange color-providing powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
For easy reference, the nutritional and dietary exchange information are included for each recipe, and symbols highlighting Freezer-friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Diabetic-friendly recipes are included throughout the book. For more recipes and information, visit www.hollyclegg.com
**This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your primary care physician.