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5 Worst Foods for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Most people have no idea that eating the wrong foods can cause arthritis pain flare-ups.Including a Certain Kind of Vegetable (Vegetable!) That Could Make Your Arthritis Worse and Make You Feel
5-10 Years Older
That’s why I’ve prepared this article to walk you through the 5 Worst Foods to eat if you suffer from arthritis.

In just a few minutes from now, you’ll know how to steer clear of the 5 biggest “food landmines” that can sabotage your health and make your arthritis pain worse.

What you’re about to discover will probably be quite surprising. But more importantly, it will show you how to take control of your arthritis instead of having it take control of you.

And that’s not all. In addition to walking you through the “5 Worst Foods,” we’re also going to cover other items you need to know like:
•The unique “shift” your body makes during your mid-twenties that could be the culprit behind your arthritis pain. (Probably less than 1 in a 10,000 people know this.)
•The secret discovered by a little known New York doctor that will give you a HUGE advantage in your fight against arthritis. He discovered the switch you can “flip” inside your body to help make it start acting like it did when you were 25!
•The real reason that traditional “painkillers” don’t help your pain.
•I’ll reveal the “trouble making” vegetable that can actually make your arthritis pain worse! If you’ve always thought that greens are good for you, you’ll definitely want to read this.
•What special type of “super food” can actually counteract the damage of arthritis itself! (It’s amazing to understand how this works.)

So let’s get started…
Worst Foods #5 – Bagels, Muffins, Pasta (Also Known as Gluten)
As far as your body is concerned, there’s not much difference between a bagel and a heaping pile of sugar.

In fact, any member of the refined carbohydrate family – white bread, muffins, pasta, bagels, etc. – drives up inflammation because the body processes them into sugar.

Inflammation in your body is never a good thing, but what does it have to do with arthritis?

Hopefully, your doctor has already talked to you about Fibrin and the role that it plays in your arthritis.

You Must Know This To Take Control of
Your Arthritis Pain!

Just in case, here’s the summary:

Fibrin is a natural mesh-like protein substance produced by your body, which helps in wound healing. It’s also what scar tissue and scabs are made of.

Here’s how it works: Your body senses an injury – it can be as minor as a small bump, scratch or even just sudden heat or coldness – and it reacts by:
•Sending white blood cells to the irritation or injury to fight infection, causing inflammation and swelling.
•Releasing fibrin to essentially “seal off the site” with a strong protective mesh.

hns_scar_tissueNORMALLY… the site is healed, the fibrin breaks down, the inflammation subsides, and everything goes back to normal.

Sometimes, our bodies fail to “call off” the fibrin. So like a button that’s stuck in the “ON” position, fibrin continues to build up around the site, then harden – causing further inflammation, and often excruciating pain that just won’t go away.

Plus, research studies show that if you’re over 50, once inflammation is triggered, it’s much less likely to go back down.

Meanwhile, you keep tossing all these side-effect laden, pharmaceutical grade painkillers at the fibrin. But it’s like trying to break into a walnut shell with a water gun. In this case, all the painkillers in the world won’t work if they can’t get through the fibrin!

In other words, the longer you ignore the REAL cause of the problem… the fibrin… the longer you’ll stay in pain and the less effective traditional pain meds will be in managing your pain.

Just to be clear: Fibrin and inflammation could actually be the root of your Arthritis Pain!

In fact, Arthritis FoundationA study recently funded by the National Institutes of Health(NIH) and the Arthritis Foundation found that Fibrin is a powerful determinant of inflammatory joint disease; and that Fibrin deposits are a prominent feature of Arthritic Joints.

(The Study was published in the November 2007 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI).)

Worst Foods #4 – French Fries (and Other Processed Foods)
I underlined the word “processed” because it’s important. My guess is that you’re probably not eating fast food every day of your life. But most people have no idea just how processed much of their food really is.

You probably already know to stay far away from trans fats. Those are strongly linked to systemic, chronic inflammation and are so bad for you that the Institute of Medicine recommends you simply keep trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible.

French fries are by no means the only culprit though… soybean, corn, peanut, and sunflower oils are examples of vegetable oils that are rich in omega-6 fats, which most Americans consume far too much of.

Too much Omega-6 causes inflammation. And inflammation brings fibrin. If your body has lost its ability to “call off the fibrin” when it’s not needed, you can run into problems… especially if you’re over 25 years old.

What keeps people UNDER 25 from having to deal with pain? And what makes them immune to arthritis?

What Is It They Have That You Don’t Have?

The answer to that question leads us to a controversial discovery in 1972 by a New York doctor that reveals a major secret about arthritis pain.
Worst Food #3 – Blackened or Barbecued Foods (Ouch!)
Foods cooked at high temperatures – including char-broiled, blackened, barbecued, fried, etc. – often contain harmful by-products caused by the cooking process called Advanced Glycation End (AGEs).

AGEs are highly inflammatory and can damage your joints and bones, making your arthritis worse.

Anytime food is cooked at high temperature (this includes foods that are broiled, fried, grilled, etc.), toxic (AGEs) are formed.

Stewing, boiling, braising, crockpotting or steaming will help minimize the amount of (AGEs) formed in your food.

Most People Have No Idea That Their Summer Grilling
Can Make Arthritis Pain Worse!

The reason they don’t know is the same reason that no one knows about the “magic” of Proteolytic Enzymes. There’s absolutely no financial incentive for the big drug companies to reveal this.

The fact is, there are plenty of naturally occurring substances that provide relief from inflammation.

I’ve listed just a few of them below. Take a look and then we’ll move on to the Worst Arthritis Food #2.

Worst Food #2 is a shocker! Because it’s the vegetable I mentioned earlier. Would you believe that a vegetable could make your arthritis pain worse!

But first, just take a look at all of the gifts from mother nature we can use to combat inflammation.

Scroll down through the list below and then we’ll move on…

Proteolytic Enzymes

Research indicates these enzymes work throughout your entire body to help it fight inflammation… dissolve scar tissue… cleanse and thin the blood… plus even boost cardiovascular, respiratory and immune function.In other words, proteolytic enzymes are the final line of defense against disease, illnesses, pain and everything else that happens inside your body.

And unfortunately with the nutrient-deficient food we’re eating today, the vast majority of adults today have dangerously low levels of these enzymes!


This special natural compound which is extracted from pineapple contains several proteolytic enzymes that have been shown to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body.

It has been studied extensively since it’s discovery in 1957 and hundreds of studies have shown it to reduce inflammation, reduce and prevent swelling and remove waste and toxins from the blood.

For example, in one study, 77 patients taking Bromelain experienced significant reduction in pain and swelling.

Turmeric Extract

Turmeric has the unique ability of using its antioxidant powers to seek out and destroy free radicals in the body which contribute to pain and swelling.

A recent study done at the prestigious Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center in New York.

In this study they found that Turmeric was more safe and precise than aspirin in stopping inflammation by shutting down the COX2 enzyme responsible for arthritis pain.

And Turmeric caused none of aspirin’s typical gastrointestinal irritation!


Papain is unique in that it’s been shown to actually attack tumor cells and boost the immune system!

It also contains a wide range of proteolytic enzymes and works by breaking down proteins.

In studies it has been shown to be effective in the treatment of numerous conditions such as diabetes, herpes, cancer and digestion issues like bloating and chronic indigestion.

It’s an enzyme very few people have enough of, yet if they did, would reduce the frequency of a lot of common diseases and disorders!

Devil’s Claw

Numerous studies have proven it’s effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation.

In fact, one study found that Devil’s Claw was as effective in treating arthritis pain as common drug, phenylbutazone… which is so strong it’s even used to treat pain in horses!

There have also been several studies on humans which show that Devil’s Claw is as effective as COX-2 inhibitors… without the deadly side effects!

A series of studies completed in Germany found that the main ingredient in Devil’s Claw was indistinguishable from Vioxx in the treatment of chronic arthritis pain!

Boswellia Extract

One of the most widely used herbs in Indian medicine, it has been used for centuries by traditional Indian healers to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.

Hundreds of studies have been done proving it’s effectiveness and in addition to being a powerful and safe, natural anti-inflammatory, Boswellia has also been shown to support healthy blood circulation.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study, 30 patients received 333mg, 3x a day of Boswelia.

The group who received the Boswelia had a significant reduction in pain and swelling and experienced an increase in joint mobility and flexibility as compared to the placebo group.

Vitamin E

This fat-soluble vitamin is an essential nutrient for humans and is known for it’s powerful anti-oxidant properties.

Vitamin E has been shown to be beneficial in numerous situations and conditions such as controlling high blood pressure, maintaining healthy and balanced cholesterol levels and boosting immune system function.

Plus… it has also been shown to improve circulatory conditions, skin health, memory and more.

In short, it benefits virtually your entire body!

Ginger Extract

Used for over 2,500 years in Asia, Ginger has been used to treat nausea and to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.

It works by decreasing the amount of prostaglandins, which are what cause you to feel arthritis pain. In other words, it does what NSAID’s and prescription arthritis pain meds do, but in the way nature intended it to do so… instead of forcing it and causing side effects!


Found naturally in a variety of plants and fruits, this flavanoid has been shown to have a strong anti-inflammatory effect due to it’s powerful anti-oxidant activity.

Reducing your inflammation leads to changes throughout your entire body.

Changes such as … a reduction of arthritis pain… increased circulation and dozens of other health benefits which ramp up your energy!

Citrus Bioflavanoids

Citrus bioflavanoids aid in the absorption of vitamins and act as important anti-oxidants.

They also inhibit collagenase and elastase, the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of connective tissue.

That way your joints and ligaments stay as healthy as when you were a teenager!

In addition to protecting connective tissues, they also protect against free radical damage.


There are literally over 20,000 research studies available on how glutathione can help your body in everything from cancer prevention to more supple skin.

Glutathione is quite literally THE most important antioxidant in your body.

The benefits of increased glutathione are virtually endless, since glutathione is the antioxidant that controls ALL other antioxidants in your body.

It is the ONLY antioxidant in your body that has the ability to eliminate ALL free radicals, not just specific types!

Mojave Yucca (root)

The Mojave Yucca root has more benefits than you could shake a stick at!

These improvements in your health include migraine relief… decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides…better digestion… reduction of muscle spasms… improved blood circulation… treating various skin conditions… healing wounds… and it even promotes shiny and healthy hair.

The Problem Isn’t That There Are So Few Options,
It’s That There Are Too Many!

Because when you’re dealing with arthritis pain, it’s not really practical to search out all of these ingredients.

We’ll talk more about other possible solutions in a moment. First, it’s time to reveal some “trouble making” vegetables that could be making your arthritis pain worse.
Worst Food #2 – Nightshade Vegetables
Nightshade vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and tobacco, all of these products contain trace amounts of alkaloids that can be harmful in heavy concentrations. Eating nightshade plants actually worsens arthritis because of the way they affect calcium metabolism in the body. These alkaloids may lead to calcium deposits in tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints contributing to inflammation and joint pain.

This effect can be worse for people who already have arthritis. Substances in nightshade plants can cause the worsening of an already existing inflammation.

How many people don’t know that who need to know that? The answer is many, many people.

In just a moment, I’m going to reveal the #1 Worst Arthritis Food, but first, I want to set your mind at ease.

I have some good news for you…

What You’ve Discovered So Far in This Article Does Not Mean You Can Never Eat These Foods Again

In fact, there is a way to still eat the food you love and NOT CAUSE an inflammatory response in your body.

It’s actually a natural way to “trick” your body back into working more like it did when you were 25… especially when it comes to minimizing pain.
Worst Food #1 – Sugar
The #1 Worst Food to eat if you suffer from arthritis is sugar.

First, I’m going to explain why, then I’m going to show you how you can eat it anyway…

Harvard researchers recently revealed that the more sugary soda men with knee osteoarthritis drink, the more likely the condition is to get worse. Even though increased consumption of soda is linked to weight gain, a known risk factor for osteoarthritis, the link was true regardless of the men’s weight.

This suggests the soda itself may be responsible for worsening the arthritis, although a cause-and-effect link has not been proven.

Cookies, candy, ice cream, brownies, doughnuts … all of these are loaded with sugar, which drives up your blood sugar and insulin, along with levels of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.

It may seem like this list of the 5 worst foods for arthritis includes all the foods you love to eat and that you must basically eat plain, unsatisfying foods in order to be free of arthritis pain…