Healthy Diet for an OA Patient

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You are what you eat!

This article will deal with the various food types that any person who has OA should consume and avoid. Favourable inclusions are classified and detailed so that patients know that they have variety and choice of items to eat.

Healthy diet including green vegetables to reduce the effects of Osteoarthritis

Healthy Diet for an OA Patient

Individuals affected by OA need to consume foods that are natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant with nutrients that support joints, while at the same time they have to avoid pro-inflammatory foods high in sugar, fats and trans-fatty acids.

Let us see what these foods are, i.e. those that reduce the effects of OA and those that aggravate the condition.

What to eat?

We already know that foods rich in Vitamins D, C and K contribute to reduced incidents of OA. So, what are they?

Vitamin C enriched foods: Cherries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears.

Vitamin D: Salmon, cod, seafood, fortified milk, tofu, yoghurt.

Cooked green, yellow and orange vegetables: such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, chard, collards, string beans, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and squash.

Legumes: such as black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, peas and soybeans.

Bioflavonoids: Onions, kale, leeks, broccoli, apple with skin, etc.

Omega 3 – fatty acids: Salmon, anchovies, sardines etc.

Brown rice

Olive oil

Vitamin E and flaxseed oil

Spices such as ginger, garlic, turmeric and cumin are prescribed, as they provide anti-inflammatory attributes to your diet.

*Note: Please consult your doctor for the right set of foods, that suit you and the quantity to be consumed.

What to avoid!!

  1. Fruits such as bananas, peaches, or citrus fruits.
  2. Meat, dairy, eggs and butter.
  3. Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant.
  4. Herbal teas and beverages such as coffee.
  5. Wheat, oats, rye, corn.

Once again, it is advised to consult your doctor before you decide on your diet. There are some foods which may suit you or some you may be allergic to. It is necessary to focus on a vegetarian diet, cut down on saturated fatty acids, lose weight and exercise. It is also recommended to keep an eye on the total calorific intake in our daily diet.

Try these steps in monitoring your calorie intake:

  1. Eat food that is prepared at home.
  2. Eat smaller portions.
  3. Avoid high-calorie foods.
  4. Ensure at least 50% of your plate has vegetables and fruits.

There is no better remedy than to watch your diet, keep your body moving, and to fill your plates with fruits and veggies.

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