The word arthritis is an umbrella term where rheumatic disease of 100 types can be placed under. It is generally a condition of inflammation of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments. At times there is wear and tear of these too, such kind is called osteoarthritis and the one where the autoimmune system attacks the cells and causes deformation and degeneration it is called rheumatoid arthritis. Several researches have shown that the increase in a type of bacteria or virus increases this condition and causes malfunction of the body’s immune system. Hence it is said that increasing a certain kinds of fruits and vegetables can help in alleviating the arthritis pain and the condition while some can increase the pain.
What is Carotenoids
Researches have shown that carotenoids, which is a type of antioxidant, can help in lowering the chances of having arthritis. Beta-cryptoxanthin and Zeaxanthin, both are carotenoids and it is seen that daily intake of beta-cryptoxanthin lowers the inflammation by 40% while zeaxanthin lowers the inflammatory condition by 20%.
Fruits and Vegetables for Arthritis
Beta-cryptoxanthin- Pumpkins, peppers, winter squash are the vegetables having the highest Beta-cryptoxanthin. Papayas, tangerines, persimmons are the fruits scores high in Beta-sryptoxanthin content.
Zeaxanthin – Green leafy vegetables and fruits with yellow or orange colour sits high in the Zeaxanthin content chart.
Other fruits and vegetables – Apricots, butternut squash, cantaloupe, cape gooseberries, carrots, golden kiwifruit, lemon, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, pineapples, peaches, rutabagas, sweet corn, yellow apples, yellow beets, yellow figs, yellow pear, all these are good for arthritis patients.
But one needs to take care of the fact that since there are different kinds of arthritis, one needs to check with a doctor or nutritionist on the condition he or she is suffering and whether it is advisable to have these vegetables and fruits in their diet.
Foods to avoid in Arthritis
Lentils, lima beans, dairy products with high calorie content, wheat, sugar, and nightshade vegetables should be avoided. But for osteoarthritis having low calorie dairy product will help as calcium is needed in this condition.
One should also keep a chart to see which fruit or vegetables aggravate the pain and the swelling, as it is likely to vary from a person to person. Talk about it with your doctor or nutritionist and follow a chart that is prepared by the professional. Right and balanced eating will help a lot in alleviating the arthritis pain and inflammation.