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Can You Treat Arthritis Pain With Gingerbread?

Eating gingerbread could bring more Christmas tidings, as some studies have claimed ginger could help to reduce inflammation.
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Updated February 24, 2020
Arthritis symptoms could be helped by eating gingerbread. Image via Shutterstock

Arthritis is a common condition that can affect people of all ages, races, and sexes. While there are many treatments out there that can be used to improve the symptoms and thus the overall quality of life, it might interest you to know that a change in the diet can be just as efficient.

If you are suffering from arthritis, the solution to this condition might be right in your kitchen. You can treat yourself this Christmas with the simple spices such as Christmas gingerbread, turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, and cayenne that are rich in anti-inflammatory properties that can help to treat arthritis.

Studies have shown that ginger has unique properties that enable it to treat arthritis.

In this article, we will mainly talk about gingerbread and how it works to ease your arthritis pain.

Arthritis: What Is It?

Arthritis is a common condition that affects your joints featuring inflammation. It can affect single or multiple joints. It mainly affects the elderly, though, it can affect even young people. It is characterized by discomforting symptoms that are dependent on the severity of the disease and the type of condition. These symptoms are swelling, redness, pain, and restricted movement.

The main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the pain in your joints is caused by your own immune system. With osteoarthritis, the pain is caused by the use of joints.

Currently, there is no effective treatment for arthritis other than pain relief and, ultimately, joint replacement. However, there are various ways in which you can fight it in order to lead a normal life. This can be by use of anti-inflammatory spices such as garlic, ginger, and turmeric, medical drugs, taking plenty of vegetables and fruits, etc (source).

Also, you can prepare Christmas gingerbread cookies and deal with arthritis pain this festive season.

Gingerbread as a Remedy For Arthritis

Ginger is a spice that is rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds. It is often used to add flavor to various food substances. However, many are not aware of the health benefits they are adding to themselves by using this spice. It has been traditionally used to ease joint pain and inflammation. Recent studies have shown ginger for arthritis as a better alternative to other medicines that are associated with various side effects.

Gingerbread has been a staple food of the festive season in the UK for a few years. Studies have shown that Christmas gingerbread can help you to have an easy time if you are suffering from arthritis. This is because it has the ability to fight inflammation.

You can opt to prepare Christmas gingerbread cookies this Christmas and enjoy the health benefits associated with ginger.

Research Findings On Ginger For Arthritis

There are numerous studies that have been carried out on ginger as a remedy for joint pain. Scientists have indicated that ginger contains numerous bioactive compounds that are not only used to treat arthritis but also provide you with numerous health benefits. Since inflammation is considered to be the main sign of arthritis, Christmas gingerbread is the best solution for arthritis this Christmas.

The study was carried on people suffering from joint pains who took both ginger and ibuprofen. In this study, those individuals who took ginger experienced a significant reduction in joint pain. Also, an earlier study indicated that individuals with osteoarthritis experienced less pain when taking ginger supplements.

Is Ginger Effective For Arthritis?

Ginger for joint pain effectiveness is enhanced by its ability to provide joint pain inflammation relief. The main symptoms of arthritis are pain and inflammation in the affected joints. Studies have shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties due to its high level of gingerol. It helps to deal with inflammation as a result of oxidative stress.

How Does Ginger Work To Ease Arthritis?

Ginger for arthritis works by lowering the inflammatory chemicals in your body. Since, arthritis is characterized by inflammation, by lowering inflammatory chemicals, ginger helps to fight arthritis.

It stimulates your body to produce Salicylic acid which has been used medically to treat arthritis. It is found in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) where it plays a role in reducing joint pain and discomfort.

With Christmas gingerbread this festive season, you should not suffer anymore from arthritis pain. Prepare some Christmas gingerbread cookies and you will not regret it.

Other Ginger Health Benefits

Other than ginger for joint pain and arthritis, this spice has numerous other health benefits that will leave you with the urge to prepare Christmas gingerbread this festive season.

Here are some of the health benefits from ginger which help you,

  • To deal with many forms of nausea such as morning sickness.
  • To lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of acquiring heart diseases.
  • With indigestion and stomach discomforts.
  • To significantly lowers your cholesterol levels.
  • To improve your brain function.

NOTE: More research is needed to determine its efficacy in humans for certain symptoms or conditions.

Can Ginger Cause Any Side Effects?

Ginger for arthritis seems unlikely to cause any harm to your body. Many people tolerate it well and have few or no side effects. However, when taken in the high amount it may worsen symptoms such as diarrhea, upset stomach, heartburn, and mouth irritation among others.

It is important to ask your doctor if ginger for joint pain is compatible with you. This is to avoid any occurrence of unintended reactions in your body.

Conclusion

If you are suffering from arthritis, it is important to consider all possible solutions to ease the discomforts that come along with it. Having the right diet, which includes anti-inflammatory substances, can as well alleviate the symptoms of an inflammatory form of arthritis such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis arthritis among others.

It may take some trial and error in search of an effective way to eradicate joint pain, but if you try ginger you can get rid of the pain associated with arthritis. It may promise to help with joint pain and inflammation.

Author

Contributor : Melissa Feldman (Joint Health Magazine)

Melissa Feldman writes about a range of lifestyle topics, including health, fitness, nutrition, and the intersection of them all. She has undergraduate degrees in both teaching and psychology. She spent almost 20 years writing and designing English as a Second Language educational materials, including several textbooks. She has presented the cumulative research of many health topics ranging from dietary supplements to joint pain relief products and topical pain reliever. She is skilled at writing compelling articles and producing academic, marketing and creative content. Melissa currently lives in Toronto, Canada and works as an independent research writer. She has more than a decade of experience reviewing and editing publications intended for both public and professional audiences. You can connect with her on Linkedin.

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