Arthritis is one of the common winter ailments that cause inflammation of joints. Due to the swelling and stiffness of the joints arthritis can be agonizingly painful. Osteoarthritis is the most common forms of arthritis with nearly 2.5 million patients suffering in India alone as per experts.
Though arthritis has no cure, it can be well-managed with a few tips well within your reach:
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Regular physical exercise is an effective way of controlling the symptoms, though it may be painful. Do not resist from exercising as it helps in blood circulation and eases the stiff joints.
- Weight loss:
The lesser the weight the better it is for arthritis. It puts less pressure on the joints like knees, ankles and hip and helps reduce the pain. Eat healthy and exercise regularly to manage weight.
A massage of arthritic joints can reduce the pain and stiffness of joints for all types of arthritis, particularly in winters according to Tiffany Field, PhD, a research psychologist at the University of Miami Medical School.
Turmeric, a regular ingredient in Indian recipes has several medicinal properties. Research studies prove that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which work very well on treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Omega- 3 fatty acids:
Including Omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods in your diet (like nuts, seeds and fish oil) is half the battle fought, in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Omega- 3 fatty acids cuts down the chemicals produced that lead to the chronic joint pain.
Also known as the vegetarian's meat (protein source) Soybean has the highest plant protein and can provide up to 70 percent per 100 gms of your daily requirement of protein. Apart from high protein content, Soya also contains minerals, insoluble fiber and vitamins.
Soybeans contain vitamins like vitamin K, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B6, thiamin and vitamin C. It also has minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorous, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and calcium. It is also a good source of organic compounds and antioxidants.
Soybean’s variants include soy milk, an option for those with lactose intolerance; soy beans (legumes) are used to prepare curries; Tofu (or bean curd) is prepared by coagulating the soya proteins with calcium. It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, protein and vitamin B; Soy nuggets used as meal maker; Tempeh, an Indonesian specialty which is made by cooking and hulling soya beans is made into a solid cake; and Miso, the fermented soya bean paste is used in flavoring cuisines. These various forms of soya can be used in everyday diet by vegetarians particularly, to get sufficient daily protein.
- Soy diet along with isoflavones supplement is effective for preventing osteoporosis and weakening of bone in menopausal women. As rich sources of high quality protein and isoflavones, soy is known to improve bone health.
- Isoflavins in Soy also protects against cardiovascular diseases
- Soy mimics conventional osteoporosis drugs according to lead author Thozhukar Sathyapalan.
- High protein in Soy helps boost the overall metabolism
- Soy has antioxidants and prevents cancer. Antioxidants neutralize the effect of dangerous free radicals.
Research Studies Indicate:
Soy foods have attracted the attention of researchers across the world for its various health properties, beyond basic nutrition. Research studies indicate:
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- Soy protein has cholesterol-lowering cholesterol effects
- 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease
- Soy foods are low in saturated and transfats and so is a heart-friendly food
- Soy lowers the risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers
- Lowers Osteoporosis risk and other bone health problems
- Alleviates hot flash associated with menopause
- Phytoestrogens found in plant-based foods which is available in soya as isoflavones have been found to help block the effects of excess oestrogen in the body and therefore balance the ratio between oestrogen and progesterone.
- The phytosterol compounds found in Soy is known to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol
- Soybeans are a common allergen. Raw or sprouted soya beans contain substances which interfere with thyroid gland activity. Soya also contains oxalate and so individuals with oxalate kidney stones are recommended not to excessively consume soy.
Painfulness and swelling of joints are the common symptoms of arthritis. Some home remedies help relieve joint pain:
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- The multi-medicinal qualities of garlic help relieve inflammation of arthritic joints. Eating two to three garlic cloves work effectively against inflammation and aching joints.
A dip into warm salt (common salt) water helps soothe the pain
Taking Calcium supplements
Eating healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits and lentil sprouts
Exposure to warm sunlight helps absorption of vitamin D and strengthens bones
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