10 Foods That Help Manage Arthritis

Most people providing elder care to someone with arthritis probably don’t think of making changes to the elder’s diet to help manage arthritis, but according to the Arthritis Foundation, there are foods that can help to manage arthritis pain. Research indicates that there are certain foods that can reduce inflammation and change the way the condition progresses.

Elder Care Henrietta NY - 10 Foods That Help Manage Arthritis

Elder Care Henrietta NY – 10 Foods That Help Manage Arthritis

Since there are different forms of arthritis, the food recommendations for each form are different, too. For example, if the condition is rheumatoid arthritis or another form of inflammatory arthritis, then the diet should focus on increasing omega-3 fatty acids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. However, if the condition is osteoporosis, then eating foods rich in calcium to strengthen bones is the best course of action. For osteoarthritis, eating a properly balanced diet can help reduce pain.

Top 10 Foods List

Although a change in diet isn’t a cure-all for those with arthritis, elder care providers may want to try including some of the foods on this list when preparing meals for elders with arthritis.

  • Oils: Healthy oils carry many health benefits. Extra-virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal, which have similarities to certain anti-inflammatory drugs. Walnut oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Fish: Dietary experts recommend consuming three to four ounces of fish twice a week. Certain kinds of fish, like tuna and salmon, are high in omega-3s.
  • Dairy: Low-fat dairy products contain calcium and vitamin D. Both have been shown to improve bone strength. If the senior has difficulty with dairy products, opt for leafy green vegetables instead.
  • Soy: Soy is a great protein-rich food that also contains omega-3s, so they have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Green Tea: Green tea contains polyphenols, which help reduce inflammation and slow the destruction of cartilage. Another antioxidant in green tea helps block the production of the substance that causes joint damage in people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Citrus: Eating citrus fruits that contain vitamin C, like oranges and grapefruits, can help prevent forms of arthritis that are inflammatory and help keep joints healthy.
  • Garlic: Research indicates that people who eat garlic regularly show fewer signs of early-stage osteoarthritis.
  • Nuts: Nuts are full of protein and fiber, as well as many other important nutrients. Nuts can help with weight loss, which reduces strain on the joints.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli has lots of vitamins K and C, which may slow the progression of osteoarthritis. The calcium in broccoli is also important for bone strength.
  • Whole Grains: Whole grains help reduce a marker in the blood called C-reactive protein, which is linked to inflammation.

Adding some of these foods to an elder’s diet not only may help with arthritis symptoms, it may also add some variety to their diet and spark their appetite, making them more likely to get all of the nutrition necessary for good health.

Sources:  http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/anti-inflammatory/eat-to-beat-inflammation.php
http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/best-foods-for-arthritis/best-foods-for-arthritis.php

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Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

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