Osteoarthritis sufferers may find relief with a new method of detection. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disorder, the typical culprit being common “wear and tear,” although being overweight is also a cause. However, a new scientific method may be available to not only detect osteoarthritis in its early stages, but hopefully prevent the disease from causing further health ailments. The researchers at Lund University and Harvard Medical School developed a method of detecting the early stages of osteoarthritis using an MRI scanner; the method is called dGEMRIC (delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage). While still in its early stages, the hope is that soon this technology will be available to doctors to treat patients.
If you do suffer from osteoarthritis, garlic and strawberries might be a good pair to reduce your risk or slow the progression. A recent study found that people who ate more fruits and vegetables, in particular alliums (garlic, leeks, and onion) and non-citrus fruit (berries, apples, peaches, plums, etc.) were less likely to have osteoarthritis.
Using garlic, onion or leeks to flavor food instead of salt can reduce your sodium intake. Fruits, especially berries, give you a huge nutritional bang for your buck. And both the allium vegetables and fruits are packed with antioxidants to help keep your body healthy.
Are you ready to enjoy these healthy fruits and vegetables? Here are some ideas to try:
- Saute garlic or onion in a little oil for a couple minutes before adding your favorite veggies. For a more mild flavor, use leeks instead.
- Leeks go perfectly with soups. Try this recipe featured recently in Bon Appetit.
- Berries and low-fat Greek yogurt for protein, calcium, probiotics and antioxidant power snack.
- Add diced apple to your next salad or grain dish for a delicately sweet touch.