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Top Foods and Tips to Fight Arthritis

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and you may be surprised to find out that arthritis is the second most frequently reported chronic condition, with more than 100 types of arthritis that each affect the body differently. Eating healthy is good for us, but did you know your diet can make a difference in the way you feel? Although a variety of foods are always important, there are certain vitamins and nutrients that specifically help prevent inflammation and ease the symptoms of arthritis. These tips and standout nutrients are real power players in reducing inflammation and easing symptoms.

Arthritis and Inflammation

The most basic definition of arthritis is inflammation in the joints. Inflammation is the body's immune response to protect and heal us from infection and foreign substances, including bacteria and viruses. Chronic, or prolonged, inflammation results in long-term tissue destruction and may be the underlying basis to hosts of chronic diseases such as some cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and arthritis. Several nutrients may be specifically important in helping to reduce inflammation.

The Value of Vitamin C

The antioxidant vitamin C is found in foods such as bell peppers, oranges, kale, spinach, and strawberries. Did you know there is more vitamin C in a red bell pepper than an orange? This water-soluble vitamin plays an important role in growth and tissue repair.

The rest of my tips are at Huffington Post Healthy Living.

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