Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, according to the NHS.
Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, restricted movement and inflammation.
There’s no cure for the condition, but making small dietary changes could help to slow down it’s progression.
“If you’re struggling with pain from arthritis, choosing and consuming the right food can work — along with the drugs or surgery your doctor recommends — to make the hurt go away,” said the Cleveland Clinic.
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which may help to reduce inflammation.
Inflammation plays a big role in why arthritis patients’ joints can be very painful.
“Look for products that have at least 60 per cent cocoa content [the higher the cocoa content, the lower the amount of sugar in the chocolate],” said the clinic.
“Just keep portions small to limit the saturated fat and calories.”
Swap high-calorie salad dressings for salsa.
Eating more salsa could boost your vitamin C, fibre and antioxidant intake.
The best salsa to eat are those with a rich mix of tomatoes, onions and other vegetables.
Adding quinoa to your weekly shopping list increases the amount of nutrients and fibre in your diet.
Consider swapping white bread for wholegrain bread, too.
“Try them as side dishes instead of more common choices, such as white rice.”
Berries are one of the best foods to eat for arthritis patients because of their high antioxidant content.
“Berries are particularly beneficial if you’re taking arthritis medications because the fruit’s high fibre content can help ease the constipation that the medicines often cause.”
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, scientists have claimed.
Adding the spice to your meals could reduce arthritis symptoms.
Ginger could also have a similar effect, it’s been reported.
Try adding a sprinkling of the spices to your meals regularly to benefit from its arthritic properties.