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Vitamins and Arthritis

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

These days talks about Arthritis is everywhere; in television channels, in magazines, in the websites and where not? Most of them boast of the efficacy of expensive food supplements. If you have already tried them, you know they are no better than empty promises. Do not get depressed. Here awaits a much easier solution for you, only you have to be little patient. It is actually a healthy diet, loaded with vitamins, and not the costly supplements that makes all the difference with regard to your arthritis.

Are you obese and also suffering from arthritis? It is high time that you take notice of your diet chart.
At first you need to know the proper amount and types of food that should be added to your diet chart. Researches have established three primarily links between the diet you are following and the disease Arthritis. Are you sure, you are getting the proper amount of some essential minerals like, calcium and iron? If these basic nutrients are not being supplied to your body in adequate amount, your system is sure to hit back and you will run the increased risk of developing Arthritis. On the other hand you should avoid the specific foods to which you are allergic. There are foods which produce chemicals that may lead to increase your chances of developing Arthritis. You must know them and avoid as far as possible.

There is a direct relation between excessive weight and arthritis. If you are overweight the weight bearing joints like your hips, knees, back, ankles, and feet are forced to bear extra burden. This pressure strains and even damages these joints. Arthritis patients need to go for some drastic changes in their diets in favor of plenty of fruits and vegetables. This makes for a balanced diet, rich in all types of vitamins and minerals. This kind of diet works miraculously for considerable weight loss. Top it with some kind of regular exercise. If you can manage to reduce at least a small amount of weight by following a healthy diet, rather than taking costly food supplements, you will be highly benefited.

The main purpose of changing your diet is to give your body the essential vitamins that will help to prevent arthritis. Vitamins are contained in the fruits and vegetables in a high level. There are seven vitamins which are very much necessary for fighting with arthritis. The group of Vitamins B is the most essential in this case. Vitamin B5 helps in reducing swelling. Vitamin B3 is also very good for reducing tissue swelling. It increases the blood flow and dilates the small arteries.

This vitamin is however not good for certain persons like those who have high blood pressure, gout or liver disorder. Vitamins B6 and B12 are also essential for our health. On the other hand vitamin C is good for reducing pain and vitamin E helps in increasing the flexibility if the joints. Vitamin K is also helpful for the deposition of the minerals. The water soluble vitamins do not remain stored in your body and quickly passes through urine. So these vitamins need to be taken in a daily basis.

Now that you know how beneficial vitamin C is for arthritis patients, we hope you will consider adding plenty of vitamin C rich foods in your diet.  We are sure you will see great results very soon.