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Chia seeds may be useful for reducing inflammation and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis

by , 23 May 2017
Chia seeds may be useful for reducing inflammation and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis
Chia seeds have been making major headlines for their ability to promote heart health - but what about their other health benefits?

Turns out that these nutrient-dense seeds are also useful for reducing inflammation and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints.

Read on for a lowdown of the key joint health promoting nutrients found in chia seeds...

Chia seeds are chockfull of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids

Chia seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid, on the planet! Not only are omega-3 fatty acids fantastic for your heart health, a number of studies have found that their potent anti-inflammatory properties can reduce inflammation and joint pain, too.
 
Some studies have even found that an increased intake of omega-3 fats can improve joint stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

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The best thing about chia seeds is that, unlike flaxseed, you don’t have to grind them in order to reap their omega-3 content. Chia seeds have a very soft seed coat, so their health-promoting fatty acids are bioavailable even when they’re not in ground form.
 

Chia seeds are a source of quercetin – a underrated anti-inflammatory nutrient

You may already be familiar with some of the most talked about natural sources of quercetin, such as cranberries, lingonberries and red onions. But did you know that chia seeds pack a healthy dose of this unsung anti-inflammatory antioxidant and flavonoid, too?
 
Studies have proven that quercetin is very effective and combating inflammation, including joint inflammation, which is the main culprit behind the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Chia seeds contain a host of anti-arthritis minerals

Just when you thought chia seeds couldn’t get any better! These humble seeds are also rich in two of the most vital minerals for people who suffer with inflammation and joint pain: Zinc and copper.
 
These two essential minerals are involved in the production of enzymes that curb inflammation by neutralising free radicals. Zinc in particular even helps build enzymes that repair joints, while copper helps produce connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, which help the joints stay stable.
 
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