Diet has been studied for years as a cause and a preventative measure against disease. Diet for osteoarthritis is still being researched but one fact is certain, obesity raises your risk of osteoarthritis. Each extra pound above normal body weight adds six pounds per square inch of pressure to your hip joint and four pounds per square inch to your knees. Weight loss is the corner stone of treatment and prevention.
What to include in your diet
Vitamin C is necessary for growth of normal cartilage.
Some sources: broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, peppers, grapefruit, oranges, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, and sweet potatoes
Vitamin D deficiency encourages the development of osteoarthritis.
Good sources of vitamin D are fortified mike, cold-water fish, eggs, cheese, liver, and beef
Glucosamine is found in cartilage and some studies especially in Europe show a benefit in osteoarthritis when taken in combination with chondroitin. U.S. studies show no benefit.
Found in cold water fish could be useful in the treatment of OA.
What to avoid
Some feel wheat, dairy, and nightshade plants cause inflammation and should be avoided. Also, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol, coffee, sugar, fats, salts, spinach, cranberries, plums, and nuts.
No clinical proof that these products are helpful in the treatment or prevention of osteoarthritis.
- Blueberries and Cherries – enhances collagen structure
- Cherry seed- anti-inflammatory
- Devils Claw – anti-inflammatory
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory
- Horsetail – strengthening connective tissue
- Licorice root – anti-inflammatory
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory
- White willow – anti-inflammatory
- Yucca – reduces pain
No controlled studies have been done to evaluate the benefits or risks of these products in the treatment of osteoarthritis.