There is no food to cure Arthritis, but incorporating foods rich in antioxidants in your diet can help reduce the severity of symptoms and help you feel better in general. Breakfast is an opportunity to deliver energy to your body during the day. A smart breakfast will help you maximize the intake of antioxidants.
Flax seeds contain essential fatty acids, omega-3, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (whose English acronym is ALA), which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Antioxidants are molecules that circulate throughout the body, picking up the wandering oxygen molecules that contribute to the inflammation and destruction of cells. We obtain certain antioxidants through our diet in the form of phytochemicals, which are natural substances found in plants.
These powerful substances are particularly common in the following foods:
• Red pepper and chili powder. • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. • Plums and cherries. • Red beans, black beans, lentils and soybeans. • Apples with skin. • The purple cabbage. • The nuts. • Pomegranate, guava, grapes, oranges and mangoes. • The coffee.
Foods made with whole grains are also an important source of antioxidants. Whole grains can be found in cold and hot cereals, breads, cookies and other products. Remember that these should not be confused with products labeled "multigrain". The term "multigrain" indicates that the product uses more than one type of grain. On the other hand, that it be "whole grain" means that it includes the three components of the grain: the bran, the endosperm and the germ.
Another food that is a rich source of antioxidants is flax seeds, which can be purchased whole - more difficult to digest - or ground, which have a shelf life of two to four months. Many breads and cereals add flaxseed to improve their nutritional profile, and for good reason, since flax seeds contain essential fatty acids, omega-3, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which has anti-inflammatory properties. inflammatory
With this variety of food options, making a healthy breakfast that works to control inflammation is easy.
Here are some breakfast options:
• Irish oatmeal covered with berries and sprinkled with flax seeds. • A burrito breakfast made with a whole wheat tortilla, filled with black beans, sautéed onions, scrambled eggs or tofu, and seasoned with chili powder and cumin.• A breakfast milkshake of soy milk, strawberries, mango, and a tablespoon of flax seeds. • Your favorite cold-grain whole grain cereal topped with berries, raisins and chopped nuts. • A breakfast of low-fat yogurt parfait, fruit and low-fat granola.
Enjoy any of the above breakfasts, along with six ounces of orange juice and a cup of coffee (which is an important source of antioxidants).
There is no miracle food to cure arthritis, but adding antioxidant-rich foods to your diet is a positive way to help decrease inflammation and improve your overall health.
If you are planning to make major changes in your diet, be sure to talk to your doctor or nutritionist to make sure these changes will not affect your overall treatment plan.
Eilender is a university professor and health science writer who resides in New Jersey.