A recent study shows that having a regular weekly serving of fatty fish like salmon or four weekly servings of lean fish like cod could reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The study was conducted by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and analyzed the dietary habits of 32,232 Swedish women. All the women were born between 1914 and 1948. The study tracked the health of these women from 2003 to 2010.
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At the start of the study, the women completed food frequency questionnaires in 1987 and again in 1997. In the questionnaire, they provided detail information regarding what they ate, including different types of fish. In the follow-up period, 205 women were diagnosed with RA, 27% of which ate less than 0.21g of omega-3 fatty acids per day. Those who exceed 0.21g per day, one serving of fatty fish or four servings of lean fish per were half as likely to develop RA.
According to an article posted in WebMD UK Health News, the women needed to eat at least one portion of all types of fish every week for at least 10 years to get the most benefit. A fishy diet is beneficial because fish contains long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Below is a list of omega-3 rich fish. Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, comments: “Fish body oil and fish liver oil are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can regulate the body’s immune system and fight joint inflammation. We’ve known for some time that there is good evidence that in people with active arthritis, taking fish oils can reduce the level of inflammation and may prevent inflammation from starting in the joint.”
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A neighbour recently told me that she had purchased a yucca plant for her front yard. She was very excited about this acquisition because as a non-gardener, the plant nursery had reassured her that it would love sunny conditions and need very little water. Basically, it could thrive with no attention whatsoever. Continue reading
Fruity treats for your arthritis? Summer is the perfect season for fruit picking and visiting U-Pick farms around the city. Before you start researching on where to go to pick your favourite fruits, why not investigate what fruits may benefit your health first?
According to the 2011 Fast Stats produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, 19,456 hectares of farm land out of total farm land of 2,611,382 hectares in British Columbia are devoted to fruits. Needless to say, there is no shortages of u-pick orchards. For a comprehensive list of orchards and farms in BC, please visit http://www.pickyourown.org/canadabc.htm.
One of the many popular fruits in B.C. is Bing cherries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Bing cherries may help prevent and lesson some chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure and cancer. The study analyzed data collected from a 2006 study of 18 healthy adults who ate 45 California-grown Bing cherries each day for 28 days.
Throughout the study period, the participants showed a decreased level of some inflammatory markers. Furthermore, there was an increased level of anti-inflammatory marker in the blood of the participants. The natural compound anthocyanin contributes to cherries’ anti-inflammatory effect. To read more, see original article here.
Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C and contains Vitamin A, thiamine, folates, calcium, and potassium. An orange also contains 170 different phytonutrients and over 60 flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot-inhibiting capabilities. All these combine to make strong antioxidants. According to Rediff.com, a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can lower the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Another summer favourite is the strawberry. Though it may be a pain to pick from those prickly bushes, strawberries contain phenols that have heart protective, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties. By lessening the activity of the enzyme COX, phenols reduces the chance of developing inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Finally, watermelon contains antioxidants that help to neutralise free radicals. As a result, the consumption of watermelon reduces damage caused in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Please click here for more information on fruits and their health benefits.
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Claire Moore, now 6, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 18 months old. She has had 10 operations since her diagnosis.
Despite Claire’s arthritis, she loves to dance and she remains positive and adaptive to her surroundings.
Claire and her family will be fundraising and participating in the Walk to Fight Arthritis on June 9.
You can too!
- Location: Fish Creek Park (Glennfield Area B), Calgary
- Time: 2 pm
- Details: Free entertainment and lunch sponsored by Spolumbo’s
For more information or to donate to the Walk to Fight Arthritis, please click here.
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Meet Dr. John Bosomworth. While in attendance at 21st Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course “Sea To Sea To Sea”, a conference for rural physicians, the Arthritis Broadcast Network interviewed Dr. John Bosomworth. Dr. Bosomworth is a retired rural family physician from Princeton, BC who continues to give lectures including at this event. Here, he discusses the topic of one of his talks, which was the link between osteoarthritis and obesity.
To view more videos from this conference and the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting that ABN attended earlier this year, please click here.
If you’re wondering whether gluten should be avoided, or whether that notion is just a fad, listen to the Q with Jian Ghomeshi tomorrow. The Thursday edition will feature a debate between Dr. William Davis, author of the diet book Wheat Belly, and Timothy Caulfield, professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta and author of The Cure For Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness.