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Three Wonder Vegetables That Fights Arthritis

It is a known fact that these three common kitchen vegetables pack nutritional value, but these foods also are rich with anti-inflammatory agents that helps reduce joint pains and swelling cause by arthritis.

Arthritis is an immune system condition that cause inflammation and pain. Usually, arthritis is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. However, taking drugs can result to severe side effects. There are several vegetables, easily available at the market, can take the place of anti-inflammatory drugs. And these wonder vegetables can bring on  no or little side effect. Read on to learn more of these three wonder foods that reduce joint pains and swelling brought by arthritis.

Ginger

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Why it’s good: This spicy herb contains natural anti inflammatory agent that helps in decreasing joint pain and reducing inflammation. Studies have shown that ginger contains active compounds like gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone — elements that evidently eases swelling. Furthermore, the herb contains antioxidants that help the joints flash off impurities and generates fresh blood to flow into the aching spine or joints. Other health benefits of ginger includes: easing colds, diarrhea, flu, nausea, and headaches.

Ginger is available at any health food store in capsules, extract, oils, powder, and tincture. Eat up! Ideally 2-4 grams of ginger should be taken every single day.

How to take ginger preparation to ease arthritis pains:

  • Add freshly sliced ginger into your cooking to supplement salad dressings and stew.
  • Make a ginger tea or add ground ginger to fruit juices or shakes.
  • Take a ginger oil massage to ease joints pains and swelling.
  • Use hot ginger compressors and baths for aching joints.

Precaution:
Not everyone can take ginger. The herb is said to cause heartburn and can also act as a blood thinner.
People allergic to ginger should not take ginger in any form. Always consult your doctor, or rheumatologist before taking ginger for arthritis pains and swellings.

Pumpkin

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Why it’s good: Aside from its nutritional value, research has shown that pumpkin seeds contains certain antioxidants acting as anti-inflammatory that may help prevent arthritis. These antioxidants like beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin reduce reducing inflammation associated with this condition. Recent study reveals that omega-3 fatty acids help people with arthritis a greater range of motion. Rich in magnesium and zinc, pumpkin seeds also promotes prostate health, better bones, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration. 
 
Eat up! Get 46% of the daily value of magnesium by eating a quarter cup of pumpkin seeds. You can also try make a “pudding” by mixing pumpkin purée into vanilla yogurt. Making yummy fun snacks is a good idea too.

Red Bell Pepper

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You may not know it, but red bell pepper contains twice as much vitamin C as an orange. Why it’s good: Aside from several antioxidants that flashes off free radicals from the body, red bell pepper is a rich source inflammation-fighting carotenoids. These powerful antioxidants ease arthritis pains or slow the progression of the disease. Studies have shown that people eating foods high in vitamin C is at low risk of getting arthritis. Other health benefits of red bell pepper includes: reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces risk of prostate cancer, promote lung health, and prevent cataracts.

Eat up! Make refreshing bell pepper snacks or easy lunch by mixing pepper with cucumber, cheese and chickpeas. Make it a point to consume three red bell peppers a week.

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  1. Very good information. Well-presented.

  2. Good info sir, I like that bell pepper :)

  3. Great help. The arthritis is getting worse.

  4. This is good to know. Ginger is delicious with sorrel.

  5. Thanks for the information, Papaleng. I shall have to include more of these vegetables in my diet.

  6. thanks! didn’t know about the red peppers

  7. I should eat more of these wonderful vegetables. Thanks!

  8. Red bell peppers are hard to find in India.

  9. good helpful info. All the while, I thought ginger is good for getting rid of wind only, so it’s also good for fighting arthritis.

  10. Thanks dude for this, so timely kasi nananakit na yong joints ko hehehe.

  11. Good Information

  12. salamat papa .really helpful veggies

  13. I’ve recently started to drink ginger tea (with lemon and honey) and add some grated ginger to meals, so I found this article very interesting. Red capsicum (bell pepper) and homemade pumpkin soup are also common favourites at our place too, so these are probably helping with arthritis symptoms also. Thanks!

  14. Wow, this is great information :D

  15. Good info kuya, thanks po :)

  16. I enjoy gingerbread and many of its incarnations. I love pumpkin pie. Stuffed red bell peppers are so yummy. :D

  17. Good news, I’ll pass this information along.

  18. I had no idea that these could help with arthritis, great info.

  19. Nice one!

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  20. Thank you for this helpful information. I have arthritis in one finger and my left knee.

  21. useful share

  22. Very helpful info. Thanks for the share! :)

  23. Excellent information.

  24. Valuable info. I love ginger

  25. Being an arthritis sufferer that was unaware of these remedies, I am very happy to have read your article. I use ginger a lot for medicinal and general cooking purposes already, but I don’t usually go for the red peppers, now, those amazing peppers will be used a lot more often in my kitchen. =)

    -M

  26. again

  27. very good

  28. Excellent. My mom will not make pumpkin seeds from our Halloween pumpkins, now I have an excuse to tell her I need them =)

  29. Thanks for this sharing. All are natural & good for joints health & arthritis. I love your post & admire that you shared such an useful fact.

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