Ginger as part of the Rheumatoid arthritis diet
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic auto-immune disorder which affects women far more than men and rheumatoid arthritis diet is an important way of treating the disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis often manifests later in life and the most common symptoms are aching joints and stiffness in the morning. At the early stages of the disease, soft gentle movements often relieve the pain for long periods of time. The disease itself causes swelling of the joints, stiffness and if left untreated can lead to severe loss of function and mobility. The worst result of the disease is joint destruction due the build up of inflammatory chemicals in the joints.
Most common treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis are painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs – drugs like ibuprofen and betamethasone. Ibuprofen is is the active ingredient in drugs like Motrin, Nurofen and Advil. Bethamethasone is the drug found in products like Diprosone, Diprolene and Celestamine. And as mentioned above a Rheumatoid Arthritis diet is also an important way of treating the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis diet – The ginger study
Ginger has been known for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties. In a recent study published in the Journal of Arthritis, researchers studied the benefits of ginger tea for pain and arthritis. They compared an extract of ginger with two pharmaceutical ingredients commonly used for treating Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteo-arthritis, namely betamethasone and ibuprofen. This study was done on cell chemistry and not using patients in the trial but the researchers measured the chemicals responsible for inflammation and pain to see what effect, if any, the three compounds had.
The results of the study were amazing:
“The striking effect of the ginger extract on secretion of proinflammatory cytokines, showing as good an effect as betamethasone in reducing production of these cytokines, is a novel finding which may lead to reconsideration of the effect of ginger extract as a possible drug in arthritis therapy.”
In other words ginger worked better than ibuprofen and as well as betamethasone in combating the chemicals which are thought to be responsible for the inflammation, the swelling and therefore also the pain. And what is more is ginger does not have the side effects associated with the other drugs. To top if all off, other studies have shown that ginger tea benefits weight loss, ginger improves the metabolism and a host of other healthy beneficial results.
How to add ginger to your rheumatoid arthritis diet
The simplest way to add ginger to your rheumatoid arthritis diet treatment is by drinking a cup of hot ginger tea in the morning. Ginger is also an amazing herb to cook with. There are lots of ginger recipes on the net.