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To Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain, Have Fish Oil and Spinach Everyday

Vitamin K is needed for vitamin-K-dependent (VKD) proteins, which are found in bone and cartilage.

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An increase in foods rich in vitamin K such as kale, spinach and parsley was also found to deliver benefits to patients with osteoarthritis.
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Consuming one gram of fish oil every day and including spinach in the diet could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis that generally affects the hands, hips and knees.

In the study published in the journal Rheumatology, the researchers examined the link between diet and the effective self-management of osteoarthritis.

Analysing 68 previous studies in the field, they found that a low-dose supplement of fish oil (one and a half standard capsulTo Reduce es) could result in pain reduction for patients with osteoarthritis and help improve their cardiovascular health.

Essential fatty acids in fish oil reduce inflammation in joints, helping to alleviate pain, the study said.

An increase in foods rich in vitamin K such as kale, spinach and parsley was also found to deliver benefits to patients with osteoarthritis.

Vitamin K is needed for vitamin-K-dependent (VKD) proteins, which are found in bone and cartilage.

An increase in foods rich in vitamin K such as kale, spinach and parsley was also found to deliver benefits to patients with osteoarthritis.
Fish Oil can help in reducing osteoarthritis pain, Pixabay

An inadequate intake of the vitamin adversely affects the working of the protein, affecting bone growth and repair and increasing the risk of osteoarthritis.

“The importance of a good diet and regular exercise should never be underestimated. Not only does it keep us fit and healthy, but as we have learned from this study, it can also lessen painful symptoms of osteoarthritis,” said study co-author Margaret Rayman, Professor at the University of Surrey in Britain.

“We are what we eat and it is important that we have the right amount of nutrients from our food to ensure that our body systems work as they should,” Rayman added.

The researchers also found that a reduction of weight for overweight and obese patients and the introduction of exercise tailored to mobility could also help ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

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Not only does obesity increase strain on joints, it can cause low-grade, systemic inflammation in the body aggravating the condition further.

A calorie restricted diet, combined with strengthening, flexibility and aerobic exercises, was identified as an effective approach in reducing pain in overweight patients.

There is no evidence that a calorie restricted diet does anything beneficial for lean patients with the condition, the study said. (IANS)

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Why Turmeric is Crowned as ‘Queen of the Kitchen’?

Turmeric is called “kringhana” in Sanskrit which means 'germ killer’

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Turmeric Latte is hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil, maybe a bit of honey. Pixabay

BY MADHU ARORA

Turmeric has been proclaimed a superfood, a health booster and it is popping up on cafe menus recently as the “golden latte” or as “turmeric latte”. It is hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil, maybe a bit of honey.

An essential ingredient in Indian cooking turmeric is crowned “the queen of the kitchen”. This bright orange-yellow rhizome powder is adored in India for its antiseptic and purifying properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hindu Council of Australia

Turmeric can help detoxify the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, boost immunity, control diabetes and enhance complexion. For an abrasion, bruise or traumatic swelling, turmeric paste may be applied locally.

Turmeric is called “kringhana” in Sanskrit which means germ killer’. Its antiseptic properties also help to combat throat infections. Gargle with 1⁄2 tsp turmeric and 1⁄2 tsp sea salt in a glass of warm water, 2-3 times a day. In India turmeric is used in face masks and creams to counter skin infections, blemishes and burns. A great face mask can be made using – 1 Tbsp chick pea flour, 1⁄2 tsp turmeric powder, 1⁄2 tsp sandalwood powder, 1 tsp rose water and 1 Tbsp yogurt or water. Make a paste of these ingredients and apply to the face, neck and arms. Wash off after 10-15 minutes for clear, smoother and softer skin.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HINDU COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA