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Prevent Arthritis, EASY! The #1 NATURAL Remedy That Really Works (Cheap & Effective)

By on June 13, 2017
Want to reduce your risk of knee osteoarthritis? Researchers now say it’s possible through your diet–and you won’t have to count calories either.

The research, which appears in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, reveals that people who consumed the highest amounts of dietary fiber were up to 61 percent less likely to develop a painful form of knee osteoarthritis. This study is one of the first to uncover this benefit.

Writing in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers explain its significance:

“Our results consistently showed that in two prospective US cohorts with different study designs and study populations, those who consumed higher fibre [sic] intake were less likely to develop SxOA or to experience worsening knee pain during the study course regardless of socioeconomic or obesity status. These data demonstrate a consistent protective association between total fibre [sic] intake and symptom-related knee OA in two study populations with careful adjustment for potential confounders.”

For the research, scientists collected data from two US studies, which examined both fiber intake and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, a type of osteoarthritis marked by worsening knee pain and stiffness. The first study contained data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative, or OAI, which tracked nearly 5000 American adults who had or were at risk of develop osteoarthritis. The second study included data from the Framingham Offspring cohort study, examining more than 1200 adults whose parents had participated in the Framingham Heart Study.

In both studies, researchers measured their average fiber intake through food frequency questionnaires. On average, people consumed between 15 to 19 grams of fiber per day.

Researchers then compared their fiber intake to their risk of developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. The result? People who consumed the highest amount of dietary fiber–placed in the top 25 percent of the study group–were 30 percent less likely to develop knee osteoarthritis in the OAI cohort. For those in the Framingham Offspring cohort, they scored even better–they were 61 percent less likely to develop the disease.

In addition, researchers found that people who consumed more cereal grains, such as wheat, oats, and corn, were less likely to develop knee osteoarthritis.

“In conclusion, data from two US prospective cohorts demonstrated that higher dietary total fibre [sic] intake was associated with lower risks of SxOA and pain worsening of the knee, while the association with radiographic OA was not apparent,” write researchers. “Such results support the current recommended daily fibre [sic] for older Americans.”

So how much fiber should you eat to reap these benefits? Researchers recommend sticking with the recommended daily allowance advocated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics–about 25 to 38 grams per day.

Readers: What are your favorite ways to increase your fiber intake? Let us know in the comment section below!

Sources:
Fiber-Rich Diet Linked to Lowered Risk of Painful Knee OsteoarthritisScienceDaily.com
Dietary Intake of Fiber and Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis in two US Prospective Cohorts (Study)BMJ.com

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