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Foods That Fight Osteoarthritis Santa Monica, CA
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Arthritis is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in the United States. It refers to inflammation of the joints. While there are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. Osteoarthritis typically affects aging adults as well as athletes. Unfortunately, arthritis can produce symptoms that limit the ability to move without pain and can greatly disrupt your quality of life. Therefore, it is important that you work with your physician to manage your osteoarthritis symptoms. In addition to medication, joint injections and other therapies, osteoarthritis can be greatly improved by eating certain foods. In fact, your diet can play a leading role in fighting inflammation in your body – the catalyst to painful arthritis symptoms.

8 Foods Arthritis Sufferers Should Consider

The pain and limited range of motion associated with osteoarthritis is due to inflammation at the joints. The following foods are known to lower inflammation, reduce morning stiffness and fight osteoarthritis discomfort:

#1 Salmon: The omega-3 fatty acids reduce joint pain and shorten the duration of morning stiffness.

#2 Bananas: High amounts of magnesium and potassium are known to increase bone density and alleviate arthritis pain.

#3 Blueberries: Rich in antioxidants, this fruit guards your body against inflammation as well as free radicals, which can damage your cells and organs.

#4 Green Tea: This soothing beverage is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties.

#5 Orange Juice: Vitamin C promotes the development of normal, healthy cartilage within the joints.

#6 Peanut Butter: Did you know that the vitamin B3 in peanut butter can support flexibility and reduce inflammation in your joints?

#7 Lobster: This seafood delicacy is rich in vitamin E, a supplement that may offer protective qualities for knee osteoarthritis.

#8 Pineapple: It is not uncommon for coaches to suggest this fruit for athletes who need to heal a sports injury. The enzyme bromelain works to reduce inflammation.

Just as it is important to add certain foods to your plate to fight osteoarthritis, there are also foods to avoid, such as sugar, salt, fried foods and even dairy. Treating arthritis with what you eat can be a simple yet very effective way to manage your daily symptoms.

Diagnosing Osteoarthritis

It can be disheartening to learn that you have arthritis, but it doesn’t mean the end of your active days. In fact, not moving at all can worsen arthritis symptoms. It is important that you first get an accurate diagnosis from your physician and follow treatment recommendations that can reduce the stiffness, inflammation and pain associated with your condition. If you experience the following in one or more of your joints, schedule a consult with Dr. Brent Michael of Santa Monica:

  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness

We are a primary care center that puts patients first. Dr. Michael is exceedingly equipped to diagnose and treat osteoarthritis with the latest and most proven therapies available. We always educate patients on the natural ways they can fight joint inflammation on a daily basis, which can certainly include strategic diet and nutritional intake. Call today to schedule your appointment to relieve arthritis pain.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

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Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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