As research on the management of joint pain continues, we find many articles touch on how certain foods can affect a person’s health. Studies in the past have suggested connections between arthritis and/or joint pain and gluten-rich foods, caffeinated beverages, and foods high in sugar. Not all studies claim to be conclusive; therefore, it’s important for the individual dealing with joint pain to take care when it comes to trigger foods.
Recently, different researchers have released reports about the effects of certain foods on rheumatoid arthritis and other joint aches – specifically tart cherry and turmeric.
Turmeric and Joint Pain
Turmeric is a spice derived from the turmeric plant, and is used often in powder form. Turmeric is a common ingredient in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, used to enhance rice, soups, and other dishes. Health food and organic grocers also stock turmeric-flavored smoothies and beverages that claim various health benefits.
According to a report published online at the National Library of Medicine, subjects who consumed an extract of turmeric, called curcumin, over a period of 90 days claimed to experience relief from pain and joint inflammation. Further testing of curcumin on animals suggested evidence of pain relief as well.
Tart Cherry and Joint Pain
A study conducted at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center documented daily consumption of tart cherry concentrate in water over a six-week period, comparing the results to a control group. The patients who drank the tart cherry reported a significant decrease in joint pain compared to those who didn’t.
While drinking beverages containing ingredients believed to have healthful properties may help ease joint pain, it may not act as a long-term solution to one’s pain management. Diet is one factor in a continuum of care for people with arthritis, gout, and other types of joint pain. At Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, our physicians work with patients to determine the best options for pain management and improvement of quality of life. If you have questions regarding your joint pain, contact us today.
Sources: National Library of Medicine, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine