11 Foods For Osteoarthritis, according to Ayurveda

11 Foods For Osteoarthritis, according to Ayurveda

Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative joint disease and is the commonest form of arthritis. It progresses slowly, the usual signs and symptoms being pain, enlarged and deformed joints as well as limitation of range of motion. According to the ancient Ayurvedic sage Acharya Charaka, this condition is described as sandhigata vata. In sandhigata vata, vata dosha aggravated in the joints (sandhi) causes a lack of movement or painful movement of the joints.

No specific diet has been written in the classical Ayurvedic texts to prevent osteoarthritis. However food prescribed for diseases caused by Vata (Vata Roga) can be taken. Those include milk, ghee, drumstick, goose berry, castor oil (one tablespoon in any beverage), spices like ginger, long pepper, turmeric and carom or ajwain seed.

Certain foods have been associated with a reduced risk of osteoarthritis or its severity.

11 Foods For Osteoarthritis

1. Oils

Fish oil, nut oils like walnut oil as well as canola, ghee, soybean, flaxseed, linseed and olive oil are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, shown to reduce joint inflammation.

2. Fruits And Vegetables

Green peppers, citrus fruits and their juices, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, turnip greens and other leafy greens, sweet and white potatoes and cantaloupe are good source of vitamin C which reduces the risk of osteoarthritis progression. Vitamin C is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage of bones and joints.

3. Fish

Fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines checks osteoarthritis progression.

4. Ginger

Ginger is a medicinal herb with strong heat activating and anti-inflammatory qualities. It reduces muscle pain and joint inflammation. Ginger can be used in cooking and hot beverages like tea.

5. Onions And Garlic

The compounds known as allium found in garlic and onions inhibit the enzymes that cause joints to degenerate.

6. Fruit

Fruit such as cherries, apples, plums and peaches contain antioxidants that decrease inflammation.

7. Spinach

Spinach is rich in vitamin K. Lack of sufficient vitamin K may contribute to osteoarthritis of the knee.

8. Almonds

Almonds are a good source of vitamin E which is known for its strong antioxidant powers.

9. Turmeric

Turmeric is rich in a chemical called curcumin. Curcumin extract works similar to ibuprofen at easing knee aches and pains.

10. Oatmeal

Whole grains like oatmeal are linked to lower levels of inflammation which is beneficial for those suffering with arthritis.

11. Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamins K and C and contains a compound called sulforaphane, which prevents or slows the progression of osteoarthritis. Broccoli is also rich in calcium, which is known for its bone-building benefits.

Mallika Varma, holds a bachelor’s degree, B.A.M.S. from State  Ayurvedic college and Hospital, Lucknow and a postgraduate degree M.S. in Kshara Sutra Avum Anushastra Karma from Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College, Tirupathi. She brings more than 7 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda.  She is specialized in Ayurvedic general surgery, parasurgical procedures (Kshara Jalauka, Siravedhyan, Agni Karma) and in the treatment of anorectal disorders. She is also experienced in the treatment of gastro, respiratory, genitourinary, skin and lifestyle disorders through natural herbal medicine, Yoga and Panchkarma. She has participated in many national and international seminars in the field of Ayurveda and has also presented best awarded papers on Ayurveda.


    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Thank you Kay Fin for liking it 🙂

      • This is very good help for all people

        • The Ayurveda Experience

          Thanks Sara, osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of joint inflammation, affecting millions of people worldwide. I hope this article will be able to help in preventing this and also to those who are suffering with this painful condition.


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