Achy joints, grinding pain, misshapen fingers – all of these are types of arthritis pain. Arthritis is a catch-all term for joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types and is the leading cause of disability in Americans.
If you have arthritis, you know how painful even mild cases can be. Since arthritis involves chronic inflammation, you are at risk for heart disease and other diseases triggered by inflammation.
There are four basic categories of arthritis, including degenerative (osteoarthritis), inflammatory (rheumatoid arthritis), infectious (from an infection), and metabolic (gout). All of these respond, at least in part, to an anti-inflammatory diet.
You’ll love the foods on this list. In fact, you may even opt for these foods if you don’t have arthritis!
Anthocyanins are antioxidants found in dark red or purple fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants remove free radicals. If you have gout or osteoarthritis, try eating tart cherries or drinking unsweetened tart cherry juice.
Anthocyanins also have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties. They’ve been shown to help heart disease, obesity and to ward off urinary tract infections. You can’t go wrong snacking on dark red or purple fruits and vegetables.
Plus, they are delicious in the form of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes and blackberries.