The 4p drink that could help with painful arthritis – Coventry Live

Posted: October 8, 2021 at 1:51 am

A simple and inexpensive drink you can buy in the local shop could help people who suffer with arthritis pain.

More than 10 million people in the UK have a form of the condition which attacks joints, but adding green tea into your diet could help manage the problem, the Express reports.

The tea - which costs 75p for 20 teabags at Tesco - may reduce symptoms of arthritis as well as help with weight- loss and skin problems: although, of course, it is no magic cure.

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Experts say there is intense debate about the effects of the drink - with some university studies showing clear benefits but other research being much less conclusive.

The website verywellhealth said three cups a day of the tea could actually help reduce the risk of getting arthritis.

The health website Healthline advises people to check with their doctors, but says the drink can for many people have general health benefits.

The drink itself is full of polyphenols.

These little things are a type of antioxidant that can reduce inflammation.

They can also slow the rate of cartilage damage.

The Arthritis Foundation says polyphenols have strong anti-inflammatory properties - which is a good thing.

The drink is known for helping people lose weight - and this can also be beneficial to those with arthritis.

Why? That's because it releases pressure from the joints.

There isn't a cure for the condition but there are ways to help improve your condition and CoventryLive reported on another way recently.

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Other ways to help reduce your pain if you're suffering is to add some of these into your diet:

Simple changes to a person's diet can help manage the painful symptoms.

Arthritis flare-ups are commonly caused by inflammation.

As a result, eating foods known for their anti-inflammatory properties, or foods containing antioxidants, can help to ease inflammation.

Furthermore, having a healthier diet generally can help people to lose weight.

This then has the effect of reducing some of the strain on the joints.

Osteoarthritis typically develops in people over 40.

It is most commonly seen in women.

The condition affects the cartilage - this is the flexible tissue lining your joints.

That can then make joints stiff and painful.

In severe cases, it can lead to worse.

When the cartilage becomes too worn down, it can lead bones to rub on bone.

Doctors say this is excruciatingly painful, but can also distort the shape of the joint - pushing bones from their position.

The condition most commonly affects peoples:

Osteoarthritis accounts for around nine million of the UK's arthritis patients.

Treatments can slow the condition down and reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms.

Lifestyle changes - including dietary choices - can reduce pain and help people to manage their condition more effectively.

However, dietitian and BDA spokesperson Alison Hornby, told the Mirror in 2018 that the evidence about green tea's health benefits is inconclusive.

"In the Far East, green tea has been used as a treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis to weight loss, as well as a preventative measure for diseases such as cancer, although the evidence for the majority of these conditions is weak or lacking," she said.

"However, as a social drink, it appears to be safe in moderate amounts, so lovers of green tea can continue to enjoy it."

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