Manage the condition with ingredients you can find around your home
Osteoarthritis is the most commonly found form of arthritis in the world. The condition wears down the protective cartilage at the tips of the bones to cause damage to the joints of the hands, hips, spine and knees. Osteoarthritis has no permanent cure but the condition can be managed by inculcating certain lifestyle habits like maintaining a healthy body weight and being physically active. There are also various ingredients that you can use to ease the pain and help repair the joints over time. These ingredients are proven to be effective by science and are completely natural to try.
Ginger has the effects of NSAIDs, which are medication that is commonly prescribed for osteoarthritis, without any side effects. You can use ginger root in your cooking by grating a few pieces into the dishes you prepare. It even adds amazing flavor and is one of the most common ingredients in Asian cooking. Apart from cooking, you can sip on ginger tea which is made by simmering a few pieces of ginger in boiling water. You’ll also find organic ginger tea bags at the supermarket which are as effective. If you don’t like the taste of ginger tea, add a dollop of honey into it and you’ll have a concoction that is yummy as well as soothing for your joints.
The simple act of doing your own dishes can help relieve the stiffness caused to the joints of the hand by osteoarthritis. It keeps your fingers moving and increases the blood flow to this area. Use hot water instead of cold to wash the dishes and dip your hands in the water often and you’ll find that it soothes the muscles and the inflammation reduces as well.
Drinking at least 4 cups of green tea everyday can reduce your chances of getting osteoarthritis. A study conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers found that mice that were given green tea instead of water and a substance that causes osteoarthritis were less likely to develop the disease when compared to mice that drank only water. Green tea also has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the swelling of joints caused by osteoarthritis.
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