People with arthritis could benefit from eating walnuts and almonds, according to a leading non-profit organisation.
The Arthritis Foundation has looked at a number of studies and noted that the nuts could help to reduce inflammation and therefore cut down the pain.
One of the reasons that walnuts are supposed to be so good at combating the symptoms of arthritis is due to the fact they are high in alpha linoleic acid (ALA).
This is a type of Omega 3 fatty acid, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and can be particularly helpful to those who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Unfortunately, this type of fatty acid cannot be synthesised in the body, so must be obtained through food.
The studies that were consulted by the Arthritis Foundation showed that walnuts can lower C-reactive protein (CRP), which acts as a marker of inflammation linked to arthritis.
Almonds have also been found to lower CRP, but in a different way, which is down to the monounsaturated fats they contain.
An added advantage is their abundance of vitamin E, which has been shown to prevent damage in the joints.
The Arthritis Foundation said: “Studies have shown that people who eat a diet high in these nutrients tend to have lower levels of some inflammation-causing molecules that circulate in the bloodstream and higher levels of the anti-inflammatory protein adiponectin compared with those who consumed less.”
It went on to say that those with arthritis could easily add walnuts and almonds to their diet by snacking on a handful or putting them in stir-frys or salads.
Written by Matthew Horton
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