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Combat Arthritis Symptoms Through Healthy Eating

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(NC) - Vitamins and minerals have been shown to reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Recent research is also showing that vitamins may play a role in protecting us against problems related to arthritis.

Combat Arthritis Symptoms Through Healthy Eating
According to data from the Framingham Heart Study - an ongoing study of more than 5,000 men and women from Framingham, Mass., that started in 1948 - people with more vitamin C in their diets had higher bone density. Low bone density is a major risk factor for fractures. Higher bone density means stronger bones, as well as a reduced risk of osteoarthritis progression and even prevention of knee pain. This finding came from a study of 25,000 people conducted by British researchers at the University of Manchester and Cambridge University.

Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, which makes up cartilage. Cartilage cushions bones, and not having enough leads to deterioration and osteoarthritis. Vitamin C is thought to play a role in treating rheumatoid arthritis because it battles free radicals that injure cartilage.

Studies have also shown that osteoarthritis sufferers who took beta-carotene daily exhibited a decreased progression of this disease. People suffering from arthritic knees who added vitamin D to their diets were less likely to suffer from arthritis in the future. Vitamin D is needed for the proper absorption of calcium.

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