Jakarta (ANTARA) – A healthy lifestyle can be done by consuming nutritious food, regular exercise, and adequate rest.But some foods that are generally healthy and nutritious can actually worsen the symptoms of arthritis, according to Caroline Peyton, a nutritionist at the Peyton Principles, London, England.
Sardines and mackerel for example, two types of highly nutritious marine fish contain very high purines, Peyton said as quoted by the Daily Express on Wednesday.
Purines are a type of chemical compound found in foods and beverages that are part of a normal diet.
According to Peyton, gout is made from purines contained in food. Some healthy foods contain high purines that can trigger the production of uric acid which becomes crystals around the joints.
“In the body if uric acid levels are raised, it can produce crystals that form in the joints,” Peyton explained.
High purine content is also contained in red meat, mushrooms, cauliflower, and nuts.
Instead of protein and omega-3 fatty acids from fish, sufferers arthritis can consume fish oil supplements. Some studies say that consumption of 600mg to 1,000mg of fish oil per day can reduce inflammation that causes joints to stiffen, swell and ache.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are of two types arthritis the most common.
Both forms of arthritis can cause swelling and stiffness in the joints. The main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is the cause behind joint symptoms.
Osteoarthritis is caused by “worn out” joints, whereas rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own joints.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but you can reduce the symptoms by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
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Translator: Maria Rosari Dwi Putri
Editor: Ida Nurcahyani
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