Health Sachet No 298:

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis affecting the knee. It damages the cartilage, which causes pain and mobility problem in the joints.

Along with a good set of supplements, losing weight (to reduce pressure on knee joints) and a proper diet help.

Here are the foods that help in knee pain:

Omega-3 fish oil is very useful for arthritis. But many omega-3 rich fish, especially found in the seas around India, have mercury contamination, which leads to nerve and brain damage.

Fruits such as watermelon, grapes (watch out for sugar in them, though), and strawberries are high in antioxidants that help reduce swelling or inflammation (pain means there is some inflammation, whether you see it or not).

Green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, mustard, olives and pepper are useful, too (the linked article explains why).

Turmeric (active ingredient: Curcumin), ginger (Gingerol) and pineapple (Bromelain) are excellent pain-reducing agents.

Amongst supplements, glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, SAMe help. Note that glucosamine takes 2 to 4 months before its effect can be felt.

The foods as well as supplements mentioned above need to be taken lifelong as osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease: that is, a disease that gets progressively worse with age, unless continuously treated. There is no permanent cure for it in any medical science.

  • Lose weight.
  • Take diet of fruits, green leafy vegetables, and certain foods as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
  • Take supplements of fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and SAMe.
  • Follow the above tips lifelong.