What are Foods that cause arthritis

What foods cause arthritis?

Arthritis  is a group of many inflammatory  diseases, such as Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Juvenile arthritis, undetermined joint pain etc. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of mobility of the joint.

Arthritis  is caused by an over-reaction of the immune system towards different compounds of the body which it recognizes as not of its own.

Apart from the idiopathic arthritis ( its cause can not be defined) there are various other compounds that can trigger the immune system by causing an inflammatory state which can lead to inflammation of the joints, so arthritis.

Viruses, bacteria, parasites and even food can cause arthritis. The foods that can cause arthritis are as following:

1.    Sugar- desserts, chocolate bars, fruit juices, cakes etc. Sugar causes inflammation because it releases substances called cytokines which are inflammatory messengers.

2.    Saturated fats- pizzas, dairy products etc. Saturated fats cause fat tissue inflammation which worsens arthritis.

3.    Trans fats- trans fats are found in donuts, frozen breakfast products, cookies, crackers, some fried products etc. They are known to trigger systemic inflammation.

4.    Omega 6-fatty acids- are found in oils such as sunflower, peanut, grapeseed, also in mayonnaise and some vegetables. Excess intake of omega 6-fatty acids can trigger the body to create pre-inflammatory chemicals.

5.    Refined carbohydrates- are found in the white flour products such as bred, crackers, and also in white potatoes. This foods cause the production of AGE(advanced glycation end) which can trigger inflammation.

6.    Gluten and casein- this proteins are found in wheat and dairy products.

7.    Alcohol- it can boast inflammatory response when used in high dosages.

How do they cause arthritis( specifically in details)

The foods cause arthritis with the same mechanism. The mechanism of gluten-linked arthritis is widely studied. The body can be allergic to any of the aforementioned foods. Specific components of some foods, are incorrectly identified by the immune system as not belonging in the body, as a foreign particle. Therefore, the body initiates the inflammatory cascade with the purpose to eliminate this foreign particle. This inflammatory response, when localized in joints, is arthritis

 But how do specifically foods cause arthritis??

The digestive tract must be permeable to certain compounds of the foods that cause arthritis. This compound are called antigens.  

This antigens stimulate Lymphocites B to create proteins called Immunoglobulins (immunoglobulins are protective protein-soldiers of the body).

This Immunoglobulins bound antigens, forming thus a structure called antigen-antibody complex or immune complex. This immune complexes travel with the blood flow and simultaneously stimulate the release of inflammatory mediators (serotonin, histamine etc).

This is the first step in activating the cascade of inflammatory response.Serotonin enhances the deposition of immune complexes in the joint tissue. Once there, immune complexes stimulate the activation of the complement ( 12 proteins complexes part of the non-specific protection of the immune system) which also activates inflammation.

The result of this vicious circle is the damage of joint tissues resulting in arthritis and causing symptoms like swelling, pain, stiffness and loss of motility of the joint.

tyle='font-size:16.0pt;line-height:115%'>Trans fats- trans fats are found in donuts, frozen breakfast products, cookies, crackers, some fried products etc. They are known to trigger systemic inflammation.

4.    Omega 6-fatty acids- are found in oils such as sunflower, peanut, grapeseed, also in mayonnaise and some vegetables. Excess intake of omega 6-fatty acids can trigger the body to create pre-inflammatory chemicals.

5.    Refined carbohydrates- are found in the white flour products such as bred, crackers, and also in white potatoes. This foods cause the production of AGE(advanced glycation end) which can trigger inflammation.

6.    Gluten and casein- this proteins are found in wheat and dairy products.

7.    Alcohol- it can boast inflammatory response when used in high dosages.


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