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What are the best anti-arthritis beverages to overcome arthritis?


What are the best anti-arthritis beverages to overcome arthritis? Pain from arthritis is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and if you’re affected you probably know that certain foods and drinks can help you to overcome arthritis.


Pain from arthritis is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and if you’re affected you probably know that certain foods can make pain flare-ups worse.


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Why is this? With osteoarthritis, the most common form, the breakdown of cartilage causes your bones to rub together at your joints, leading to inflammation and pain.


With rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, chronic inflammation of your joints leads to pain, stiffness and swelling. Certain foods contribute to inflammation in your body, and therefore to your pain, while others (like vegetables) help to relieve it.


It’s not only foods, of course. What you drink also plays a role. If you want to overcome arthritis, the following four beverages would be better off avoided.


  1. Milk


In a survey of over 1,000 arthritis patients, dairy products, including milk, were among the top foods linked to a worsening of pain. The problem in the dairy is the protein, not the fat, so all types (whole, skim, 2%) may be better off avoided.


Clement Michet, MD, a rheumatologist and professor from Mayo Clinic, told Everyday Health:


“RA [rheumatoid arthritis] symptoms may flare as a response to specific proteins found in dairy products. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis who report intolerance to milk have antibodies to milk proteins …


The body forms these antibodies to protect itself from what it mistakenly perceives as a harmful substance, but the antibodies attack other parts of the body in addition to the milk.”


  1. Energy Drinks


The same survey referenced above also found caffeine to be a common trigger for arthritis symptoms. However, research on this is murky, with some studies showing a potential benefit and others a risk.


Because energy drinks can contain multiple times the amount of caffeine found in a typical cup of coffee, drinking them can easily lead to caffeine overload and associated arthritis symptoms.


In people with the arthritic condition gout, for instance, drinking more than four servings of caffeinated drinks in the previous 24 hours was linked to an 80 percent increased risk of recurrent gout attacks. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may also find coffee to be problematic, and if so that should also be eliminated.


  1. Beer


Unless it is specifically labelled gluten-free, most beer is made from gluten-containing grains. In people who are sensitive, gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, may provoke an innate immune response that may trigger symptoms such as joint pain hours or days after the gluten is consumed. While many are familiar with gluten in grains such as wheat, beer is often overlooked.


One study published in the Oxford Journal of Rheumatology even found that 41 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients improved after following a gluten-free vegan diet.


  1. Soda


Harvard researchers have revealed that the more sugary the soda is,  men with knee osteoarthritis drink, the more likely is that the condition for men with knee osteoarthritis will get worse.


Even though increased consumption of soda is linked to weight gain, a known risk factor for osteoarthritis, the link was true regardless of the men’s weight.


This suggests the soda itself may be responsible for worsening the arthritis, perhaps again by causing inflammation (sugar is highly inflammatory), although a cause-and-effect link has not been proven. Soda is also a source of caffeine, which may also worsen symptoms in some people.


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  1. Blueberry Juice


Regular consumption of pure blueberry juice may also help reduce inflammation and associated pain, as, like tart cherries, blueberries contain anthocyanins that help ward off both inflammation and oxidative stress.


Eating blueberries daily for six weeks increases anti-inflammatory molecules called cytokines, even if your body is engaging in strenuous exercise, which is known to trigger an inflammatory state. This suggests blueberry juice may also offer a protective effect against inflammation and pain.


  1. Green Tea


Drinking adequate amounts of green tea may play a role in the prevention of inflammation-related diseases, as it is rich in natural anti-inflammatory compounds called flavonoids.


Green tea has been shown to actively increase anti-inflammatory substances while decreasing pro-inflammatory substances in studies, and has been suggested as a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other types of pain.


  1. Tart Cherry Juice


Consuming tart cherry juice reduces important markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), while a tart cherry-enriched diets reduces plasma inflammation, abdominal fat inflammation, and cardiac inflammation, all known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This is because tart cherries are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins that yield powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.


Tart cherries have actually been said to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food, at levels comparable to some well-known medications.


Their juice is valued for its pain-reducing effects in arthritis and joint pain, but virtually any type of anti-inflammatory pain may be better managed with tart cherry juice. You can find tart cherry juice, often in concentrated form, at many supermarkets and health food stores.


  1. Kefir


Another anti-inflammatory marvel, kefir is made from fermented milk and is a rich source of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. These good bacteria help curb systemic inflammation; one recent study found that people with inflammatory conditions like ulcerative colitis had lower levels of inflammation after taking a probiotic supplement for 8 weeks.


Even healthy people who took probiotics had a reduction in inflammation compared to those taking a placebo — and less inflammation translates to less pain.


Kefir, in particular, is known to contain anti-inflammatory prebiotic compounds, and you can get far more beneficial bacteria from regularly drinking kefir than you can from taking a probiotic supplement … particularly if you make your own at home (all you need is kefir grains (available online) and milk to make your own homemade kefir!).


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