National Nutrition Month is a month-long awareness campaign that centers on the significance of making proper lifestyle and nutrition selections and improving eating habits.
The Arthritis Foundation, in collaboration with our Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaign partner, Cheribundi, recently conducted a nutrition survey to better understand the nutritional information needs of arthritis patients and identify any gaps in knowledge they may have. Results show that 86 percent of respondents think nutrition has an impact on their arthritis. The top five foods selected as good for arthritis were blueberries, extra virgin olive oil, fatty fish, broccoli and tart cherry juice. Some 84 percent of those surveyed believe a healthy diet is important for managing their arthritis.
Proper nutrition can play an important role in managing your arthritis. While there is no specific “diet” for people with arthritis to follow, researchers have found that certain foods can alleviate arthritis symptoms. For instance, fruits high in antioxidants may help reduce inflammation. Studies indicate that tart cherries relieve joint pain in those with osteoarthritis and reduce the risk of flares in those with gout. That’s because tart cherries, with their rich, red color and many powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components, contain the flavonoid anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are found in several fruits, but tart cherries have higher levels.
As part of Cheribundi’s commitment to the arthritis community, they partnered with Chef Seamus Mullen to craft a special Cheribundi smoothie for National Nutrition Month. The smoothie recipe includes 8 ounces of 100 percent tart cherry juice, 6 ounces of coconut water, half an avocado, 1 cup of frozen wild blueberries and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened almond butter. Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender and process until smooth.