Tomatoes and citrus 'could worsen osteoarthritis'

Posted on 26 September 2011

Eating tomatoes and citrus fruits could have an adverse impact on joints, according to experts, with osteoarthritis being a common problem among people paying for care.

Physiotherapist Alison Wyndham said that sugary and acidic foods can both trigger inflammation, meaning that people with osteoarthritis should stay away from certain things.

When proteins and carbohydrates are digested they form an "acid ash", explained the expert.

Vegetables, on the other hand, and fruit are alkaline and so can help to reduce inflammation.

"I have found also that many people have food sensitivities which will affect their arthritis and by removing those foods their pains improve," she said.

"Everyone is an individual but tomatoes, and citrus can often make joints worse and wheat or dairy or both can be a problem."

This follows research at the University of Rochester Medical Center which found that a medication already approved to build bone mass in osteoporosis patients can also build cartilage around joints.

According to authors, this indicates it could also be used to treat people with arthritis.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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