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Cherries

Cherries

Researchers believe that the anthocyanins in cherries have a significant impact in relieving joint and muscle pain.  Cherries are also rich in antioxidants, and can help reduce inflammation.  Cherries are available all year and are awesome.  Who doesn’t like cherries?  Why take cherry-flavored medicine to treat your knee osteoarthritis, skip the script and just start eating healthier.



Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include but are not limited to: brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, watercress, rutabaga, turnips, and mustard.  These vegetables are referred to as cruciferous because their flower petals are arranged in a cross shape (crucifer means cross-bearing).   They are high in antioxidants and sulfur.  Our bodies use sulfur to produce its own antioxidants.  So eat your veggies and postpone or avoid knee osteoarthritis surgery.  Seems like a reasonable trade.



blueberries

blueberries

Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C which helps promote a healthy immune system, they are a good source of fiber which aids in digestion, and are a good source of manganese which helps bones and assists in metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Blueberries also have antioxidant properties which helps fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and reduce inflammation associated with knee osteoarthritis.  However it is important to remember that blueberries lose a lot of their nutritional value when served with milk.  Milk interferes with antioxidants, so make sure you don’t eat your blueberries with milk, ice cream, or yogurt.



Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is used as a key ingredient in indian, persian, and thai dishes, as well as being a primary component in curry powder.

Turmeric’s health benefits are numerous.  It has been used to treat skin conditions, different types of cancer, disinfect wounds, and has even helped treat depression.  It has been used in India for over 2500 years.  Why take drugs to reduce the inflammation associated with your osteoarthritis of the knee?  Turmeric is safe, inexpensive, and doesn’t require a co-pay.



Ginger

Ginger

Ginger can reduce swelling and the pain associated with osteoarthritis, it can reduce cholesterol, and thin blood.  It has also been used to fight constipation, seasickness, morning sickness, and colic.  Ginger tea has been used for years as a folk remedy to cure the common cold.  It is recognized as safe by the FDA and is sold as an unregulated dietary supplement.



Garlic

Garlic

Garlic not only adds flavor to food, but it also reduces inflammation, and can reduce the risk of a person developing arthritis. A recent study at the University of Anglia reported a correlation between eating garlic and the chances of developing arthritis.  Garlic contains diallyl disulphide which can slow down cartilage damaging enzymes.  Though more research on the subject needs to be conducted garlic won’t hurt and it tastes good!  Would you rather have bad breath from eating garlic or suffer from ulcers and gastro-intestinal bleeding from taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication?  Your choice.

Only you can make your knee osteoarthritis feel better.



Green Tea

Green Tea

Green Tea can reduce inflammation, risk of heart attacks, and risk of cancer.  It originates in China and is made with leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant.  Try green tea instead of coffee in the afternoons and see if it makes a difference.

Green tea is also purported to help rheumatoid arthritis, reduce cholesterol, and fight infection.  Green tea is rich in the anti-oxidant, epigallocatechin (EGCG).  EGCG inhibits the growth of cancer cells, lowers LDL cholesterol, and inhibits the formation of abnormal blood clots.  All that and it can reduce swelling in your knees too.

So try green tea to help ease the swelling associated with your osteoarthritis of the knee.



Eat Healthy - Reduce Swelling

Eat Healthy - Reduce Swelling

Pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and localized inflammation are the primary symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.  Changing your diet can have a profound effect on how your arthritic knees feel.  It has been well documented that losing weight will reduce pain and make a big difference on how well your knees function.  But what many people are unaware of, is that the type of food you eat can actually reduce swelling.  No drugs, no injections, no surgery….just change your eating habits.

This series of blog posts will examine what foods you should be eating to help reduce swelling.  No surprises here, you’ll notice these foods will help you lose weight as well.   Change your diet and you may be able to reduce your trips to the pharmacy and postpone surgery.  This is an aspect of your treatment program that is completely in your control.



Knee OA

Knee OA & Obesity

Researchers from Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital used a mathematical model to analyze data at a national level that looked at occurrences of knee osteoarthritis, obesity, and conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.  They were trying to figure out how knee osteoarthritis and obesity affects longevity and quality of life.

Older Americans suffer from both obesity and osteoarthritis of the knee.  These are common chronic ailments that affect people over 50 years of age in our country.  It is estimated that decreasing obesity rates could decrease total knee replacement surgery by over 269,00 cases and could save somewhere around 19.5 million years of life!

Estimates range from 30 to 60 pounds of force is added to every step a person takes for every ten pounds they are overweight.



The more you weigh, the more your knees hurt

The more you weigh, the more your knees hurt

Almost 50% of people living in the United States will develop osteoarthritis of the knee by the age of 85.  That number jumps to 66% in the obese.  A study performed at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that a person’s risk to develop knee OA increases as their body mass index increases.

The study suggested that those at the greatest risk were people who had normal body weight at the age of eighteen but gained weight and became obese became by the time they were 45 or older.

So how do you exercise and lose weight if your knee hurts?  Knee braces work.  Knee braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most major HMOs and PPOs.