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Bright fruit, veg cut arthritis risk
[Posted: Wed 17/08/2005 www.irishhealth.com]
Eating more brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, such as oranges, carrots and sweetcorn, may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis is not a single disorder but rather the name for joint disease from a number of causes. Arthritic disease causes painful inflammation of one or several joints, with the inflammation destroying the cartilage in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most severe type of the disease.
Previous research has indicated that vitamin C and the pigment, beta-cryptoxanthin, both of which are found in brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, may help protect the body against inflammation.
A team of researchers at the University of Manchester's Medical School analysed the health questionnaires and diet diaries of over 25,000 people, aged 45 - 74. They then followed up the participants over a nine-year period, to identify new cases of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
"We found that the average daily beta-cryptoxanthin intake of the patients who had developed arthritis was 40% lower than those who hadn't and their intake of another carotenoid, zeaxanthin, was 20% lower", explained lead research, Dr Dorothy Pattison.
Those in the top third for beta-cryptoxanthin intake were only half as likely to develop arthritis, as those in the lowest third, Dr Pattison added. Furthermore, vitamin C was also found to be an important factor.
According to the researchers, the findings appear to confirm previous research that a modest increase in fruit and vegetables containing beta-cryptoxanthin and vitamin C, might help to protect against developing inflammatory joint diseases.
This modest increase, they said, could be as little as a glass of orange juice per day.
Details of this study are published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
|Anonymous Posted: 15/09/2005 14:36|
|What is the differences In ostoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis ?? Anyone take'n actonel plus evista for bone problems??|
|Satya Posted: 10/11/2005 11:48|
|I recommend Yoga to go with diet in complementing arthritis management. Pranayama Pavan Mukta Asana and Shava Asana are especially meritorious in mitigating anxiety, stress and depression that aggravate RA.|
|myrtle Posted: 18/11/2005 00:56|
|I have rheumatoid arthritis and was prescribed methatrexate which I decided not to take once I read the side effects. I take glucosamine, choindritin and selenium as well as MSM and vitamin C. I have also increased my fruit and veg intake, cut out beef and pork and cut down on dairy products. On a scale of 10, my arthritic symptoms have gone from a 10 to a 2. My question is: how long should I take the supplements? I have tried cutting them out but my arthritis starts to rear its ugly head within a fortnight of not taking them.|
|larry Posted: 01/12/2005 00:55|
|i have tried nearly every recomended medicine and pillsincluding glucomasine,nothing has realy worked, i eat loads of bfruit cod liver oil tablets, fish 3 times per week and i am still crippled,the reason of arthuriteis i believe is through a parachuteinjury,any help please larry|
|Satya Posted: 01/12/2005 12:02|
|Homeopathy has a number of remedies that you could try to manage Arthritis without conventional medicine. You will also feel better if you can manage anxiety, stress and depression that often accompanies srthritic complaints. I can help you by suggesting herbal extracts if you do not have access to a Homeopath and if the webmaster agrees.|
|myrtle Posted: 01/12/2005 17:20|
|Larry, take Satya's advice. Natural and organic routes are more beneficial long-term. Do a bit of research into Chinese Medicine. Stress and anxiety cause all kinds of physical as well as psychological problems. Sometimes the solution (or part-solution) lies in a change of approach and attitude to your life in general.|
|Satya Posted: 02/12/2005 05:22|
|Please be careful to choose a source of supply of all kinds of alternative medicine that is reliable. These remedies sometimes contain harmful steroids and heavy metals.|
|myrtle Posted: 02/12/2005 10:58|
|Satya, can you suggest a reliable source(s) of supply?|
|Satya Posted: 02/12/2005 12:36|
|Dear Myrtle, I can subject to the following: 1. I need to know where you live. 2. I need the editor's permission to mention sources of supply.|
|myrtle Posted: 06/12/2005 16:16|
|Thanks, Satya. I live in Limerick.|
|Satya Posted: 06/12/2005 16:44|
|OK. Please let me know: - When your glucose tolerance was checked last and your fasting and post prandial readings. - When your cardiac, renal and thyroid were checked last, and if there are any abnormalities. - Do you have any complaints other than joint pain? I will search for the herbal medicine outlet nearest to you and let you have a contact even if you wish to select a remedy without my help. Regards|
|myrtle Posted: 08/12/2005 11:20|
|Satya, they have never been done but I am booked into the Blackrock screening centre for a physical MOT at end of January. Should I ask them to include the tests you mention or should I get them done separately elsewhere? Is it my local GP who carries out such tests or can I go to a naturopath or herbalist? Good solid advice is worth its weight in gold!|
|Anonymous Posted: 11/01/2006 19:46|
|Anyone out there taken EVISTA for bone problems ??|
|Anonymous Posted: 24/02/2006 18:24|
|I have a pain in the groin right inner leg? Is this because I have bad varicose veins and what do you suggest.|
|myrtle Posted: 26/02/2006 20:44|
|Satya, if you and the editor agree, would you mind giving me a contact number for you or an email address? Many thanks.|
|Anonymous Posted: 07/06/2008 19:33|
|Are there any tests to determine whether or not I have arthritis in my hips?|
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