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Tea is not just the cup that cheers, but is also loaded with anti-inflammatory properties that can help lessen pain, ease joint stiffness and prevent arthritis from getting worse. The following varieties of tea are highly beneficial, but as in most dietary modifications, it is always safe to check with one’s Physician first to ascertain if it is suitable for an individual’s health condition.

Ginger Tea

Research has proven that the phytochemicals in ginger may be helpful in alleviating pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties. Sliced fresh ginger steeped in hot water or added to green tea is an easy way to include in your diet. However, please note that ginger can act as a blood thinner, and those who are on blood-thinning medication should consult with their Doctor before taking it.

Green Tea

Loaded with antioxidants, green tea helps boost metabolism and lower risk for certain diseases. Green tea may even help reduce inflammation and arthritis pain because of its active ingredient – epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – a powerful catechin that works to stop production of certain inflammatory chemicals in the body. But since it has been found that green tea can interfere with folic acid metabolism, people with special medical conditions like pregnant patients who require a certain amount of daily folic acid in their diets should consult their Doctors first.

Rose Hips

High in vitamin C, Rose Hips are a common ingredient in many herbal teas, as it makes a bright red, tart, fruity tea that’s often blended with hibiscus. Rose hips powder has been found to significantly reduced pain, joint stiffness, and overall disease severity in people with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. It’s available in health food stores and specialty tea shops, but should be taken with medical advice to ease arthritic pain.

Rose Hips

High in vitamin C, Rose Hips are a common ingredient in many herbal teas, as it makes a bright red, tart, fruity tea that’s often blended with hibiscus. Rose hips powder has been found to significantly reduced pain, joint stiffness, and overall disease severity in people with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. It’s available in health food stores and specialty tea shops, but should be taken with medical advice to ease arthritic pain.

Willow Bark Tea

Willow bark has been used as a traditional pain reliever in ancient China and Europe. Though more research is needed, several studies show that willow has anti-inflammatory properties similar to aspirin. It helps reduce pain from osteoarthritis, due in part to a chemical called salicin, as well as powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds called flavonoids. But people who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications regularly, beta-blockers, blood-thinning medication, those who are pregnant, and anyone under age 16 should not take willow bark.

Nettle Leaf Tea

The stinging nettle plant has been used for hundreds of years, especially in Europe, to treat muscle and joint pain, arthritis, and gout. The entire plant is covered with tiny stiff hairs that release stinging chemicals when touched. These chemicals have been shown to lessen pain by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body. Nettle is available in most health food stores; but be sure to discuss it with your doctor before using the tea as part of your arthritis management plan.

Black Tea

Black tea is rich in quercetin, a bioflavanoid that has anti-inflammatory effects. Research has shown that quercetin plays a role in relieving the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and preventing joint damage. However, Black tea is also high in caffeine, and can make you jittery or affect certain medications. Do consult your doctor before making it a new part of your routine.

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