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Arthritis warning: The heart-healthy food that can trigger inflammatory arthritis symptoms

Arthritis is a general term referring to more than 100 types of joint pain or joint disease. Different types of arthritis respond to different triggers and establishing the type of arthritis you have can help you to manage it. For example, gout – a painful form of arthritis that occurs when high levels of uric acid in the blood cause crystals to form and accumulate in and around a joint – has specific dietary triggers.

According to health body Versus Arthritis, seafood, particularly oily fish and shellfish are high in purines so should be eaten in moderation.

This is ironic because oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of arthritis.

However, the recommendation is specific to gout and doesn’t necessarily apply to other inflammatory forms of arthritis.

Other foods high in purine include:

  • Red meat, game and offal – such as venison, kidneys, rabbit and liver
  • Foods rich in yeast extracts – such as Marmite, Bovril and Vegemite
  • Processed foods and drinks.

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As Versus Arthritis points out, protein is an important part of your diet, but you can get it from sources other than just meat and fish.

“You could try replacing a portion of meat with other protein-rich foods like soybeans, eggs, pulses or dairy products,” advises the health body.

How to alleviate gout symptoms

Specific dietary decisions may help decrease uric acid levels in the blood, thereby alleviating gout symptoms.

It is important to note that following a gout diet isn’t a cure.

When to see your GP

According to the NHS, you should see a GP for treatment to help during an attack and to stop further attacks.

See a GP if you have:

  • Sudden severe pain in a joint – usually your big toe, but it can be in other joints in your feet, hands, wrists, elbows or knees
  • Hot, swollen, red skin over the affected joint.

Ask for an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if:

  • The pain is getting worse
  • You also have a very high temperature (you feel hot and shivery)
  • You also feel sick or cannot eat.

“These symptoms could mean you have an infection inside your joint and need urgent medical help,” warns the NHS.

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Arthritis warning: The seemingly healthy drink that can trigger arthritis symptoms

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. Living with arthritis isn’t easy and carrying out simple, everyday tasks can often be painful and difficult. However, there are many things that ease symptoms, such as tweaking your diet.

According to the health practice, you should avoid refined sugar, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, and maltose.

“Also some people should avoid sugar alternatives such as aspartame and sucralose which can cause an inflammatory response from the body,” it advises.

“Many sodas, gum, sugar-free candy, and low-fat yogurt/pudding contain sugar alternatives.”

Although unrefined sugar is often considered a healthier alternative to refined sugars, it is important to note that all sugar has undergone some form of processing and is unhealthy if consumed in large quantities.

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Arthritis – foods to eat

While there’s no miracle diet for arthritis, fortunately, many foods can help fight inflammation and improve joint symptoms.

“For starters, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and beans but low processed foods and saturated fat, is not only great for overall health, but can also help manage disease activity,” explains the Arthritis Foundation (AF).

Many of these dietary components are found in a Mediterranean-style diet.

In fact, studies confirm that eating foods commonly part of the Mediterranean diet help arthritis by curbing inflammation.

Oily fish are good sources of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, for example.

One study found those who had the highest consumption of omega-3s had lower levels of two inflammatory proteins: C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6.

Researchers have also shown that taking fish oil supplements helps reduce joint swelling and pain, duration of morning stiffness and disease activity among people who have rheumatoid arthritis.

Best sources include salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, anchovies and scallops.

Other key lifestyle tips

Exercise is also integral to managing arthritis symptoms.

According to the NHS, being active can help reduce and prevent pain.

Regular exercise can also:

  • Improve your range of movement and joint mobility
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Reduce stiffness
  • Boost your energy.

“As long as you do the right type and level of exercise for your condition, your arthritis won’t get any worse,” adds the NHS.

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Arthritis warning: Fruit juices can trigger painful and inflamed joints

The antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables are great at counteracting inflammation – the key predecessor to a painful arthritis flare-up – and drinking fruit juice might seem like a good idea. One glass of fruit juice counts towards one of your five-a-day, but does this mean drinking orange juice, cranberry juice, and mango juice is ideal? Dietician Ashley Harris advises you to keep a watchful eye on the sugar content of your juices.

Harris also encourages people to “pair your juice with protein, such as nuts or Greek yoghurt, to help control your blood sugar”.

For those on high blood pressure medication, do not juice grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice.

This is because grapefruit is known to interact with blood pressure medication and some arthritis medication.

The charity Arthritis Foundation stated: “Orange, tomato, pineapple and carrot juices are all high in the antioxidant, vitamin C, which can neutralise free radicals that lead to inflammation.

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“Tart cherry juice has been shown to protect against gout flares and reduce OA symptoms.”

However, as Harris pointed out, fruit juice can be high in sugar and calories.

Drinks for arthritis

Dietician Sonya Angelone said: “Start every day with a glass of water before you eat any food.”

The best drink for arthritis is water, as it’s vital for flushing toxins out of the body, helping to fight inflammation.

“Adequate water intake can help keep your joints well lubricated and prevent gout attacks,” said the Arthritis Foundation.

But if you’re not a fan of sipping water all day, what else can you drink?

The Arthritis Foundation charity recommends enjoying a cup of tea.

“Green, black and white teas are all rich in polyphenols – compounds from plants that have strong anti-inflammatory effects,” the charity explained.

The most beneficial is green tea because of its active ingredient epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) – a type of polyphenol.

“EGCG has been shown to be as much as 100 times stronger in antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E,” said the Arthritis Foundation.

As tea contains caffeine, this beverage is best consumed in moderation and is not advised before bedtime.

So, what other options are there? The Arthritis Foundation suggests smoothies, which have the added bonus of fibre content.

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Arthritis warning: Two drinks to avoid – they can trigger painful symptoms

According to researchers from the division of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, America, the drinks you choose to consume could be having an effect on your arthritis. Zoning in on rheumatoid arthritis in particular, 217 subjects who were mailed a diet survey reported that drinking soda made their symptoms feel worse. The researchers noted: “Past work has shown that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.”

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition whereby the immune system attacks healthy tissues surrounding the joints.

This causes the thin layer of cells that cover the joints (known as the synovial) to become sore and inflamed, releasing chemicals that damage:

  • The bones
  • The cartilage – the stretchy connective tissue between bones
  • The tendons – the tissue that connects bone to muscle
  • The ligaments – the tissue that connects bone and cartilage.

These chemicals can cause the joint to lose its shape and alignment, eventually destroying the joint completely.

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Several scientific studies have also highlighted that alcohol intake may increase the frequency and severity of gout attacks, Healthline stated.

Drinks that may make your arthritis symptoms worse:

  • Sugary drinks
  • Alcohol

What is gout?

“Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe joint pain,” said the NHS.

This pain is usually felt in the big toe, although it can affect other joints in the body.

Drinking alcohol also increases your risk of developing gout in the first place.

To be specific, the UK Gout Society pointed out that drinking beer can increase the likelihood of gout developing compared to wine or spirits.

“Alcohol can raise the level of uric acid in the blood,” warned the UK Gout Society.

This means frequently drinking more than 14 units of alcohol weekly might led to more painful symptoms of arthritis.

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Arthritis warning: The healthy foods that can actually trigger arthritis symptoms

In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis. The symptoms you experience will vary depending on the type you have but joint pain, tenderness and stiffness are characteristic warning signs.

Omega 6 fatty acids are an essential fatty acid that the body needs for normal growth and development.

As the Mayo Clinic explains, when eaten in moderation and in place of the saturated fats found in meats and dairy products, omega-6 fatty acids can be good for your heart.

However, “Excess consumption of omega-6s can trigger the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals,” warns the Arthritis Foundation (AF).

Some of these fatty acids appear to cause inflammation, but others seem to have anti-inflammatory properties, notes the Mayo Clinic.

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“More research is needed to fully understand how these apparently opposing effects interact with each other and with other nutrients.”

Omega-6 fatty acids are found in oils such corn, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, soy, peanut, and vegetable.

What should you eat?

Many foods can help fight inflammation and improve joint symptoms.

“For starters, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and beans but low processed foods and saturated fat, is not only great for overall health, but can also help manage disease activity,” says AF.

A Mediterranean-style diet contains many of these anti-inflammatory components.

A Mediterranean diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

The diet varies by country and region, so it has a range of definitions.

But in general, it’s high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil.

It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods.

In addition to fighting inflammation, eating healthily will give you all the nutrients you need and help you maintain a healthy weight – key to warding off the threat of heart disease.

Why is this important? The NHS explains: “If you’re overweight, losing weight can really help you cope with arthritis.

“Too much weight places excess pressure on the joints in your hips, knees, ankles and feet, leading to increased pain and mobility problems.”

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Rising Middle East production may trigger a new OIL PRICE WAR

Rising Middle Eastern oil production is making the commodity that comes out of this region cheaper compared to Brent-linked grades, which may lead to a price war, Bloomberg has reported, citing an FGE analyst.

“There’s much cheaper crude, and a lot of it coming from the Middle East,” Grayson Lim, a senior oil analyst at the energy consultancy, told Bloomberg.

“Those Brent-linked cargoes will need to be offered at a huge discount for buyers in the [Asia] region to snap up the barrels,” he explained. “But if they’re heavily discounted, there’s a chance that Chinese buyers may come out to buy.”

The warning comes as OPEC+ prepares to start boosting production in response to higher oil prices and the prospect of improving oil demand. However, uncertainty remains heightened as the pandemic shows no signs of subsiding in many parts of the world, including in key markets such as India and the United States.
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On the supply side, however, there seems to be a clear upward tendency, with Iran ramping up production as it negotiates with the US the latter’s return to the nuclear deal, and with Saudi Arabia’s easing its voluntary 1-million-bpd output cut next month.

Other OPEC members, notably Iraq and the UAE, will also probably ramp up production quickly after signaling they were eager to start reversing the deep cuts.

Meanwhile, North Sea fields are entering maintenance season, which has reduced the availability of Brent-linked crude oil grades, pushing their prices higher. As a result, according to Lim, the spread between Middle Eastern and Brent-linked crude oil has widened to the most in more than 16 months, Bloomberg reports. With this kind of spread, producers of oil priced on the basis of Brent will need to start discounting their product to make it competitive with the Middle Eastern grades.

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Covid vaccine update: Moderna vaccine may trigger more side effects than Pfizer jab

Published in the JAMA peer-reviewed journal on April 5, a comparison was made between the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine, with the latter causing more discomfort in people who received the jab. Over 3,600,000 vaccine recipients logged their responses via a text message-based programme. “Frequently reported reactions included injection site pain, fatigue, and headache,” noted the researchers.
Both vaccines led to more severe bodily reactions following a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna jab.

This included myalgia (i.e. muscle pain), chills, fever, and joint pain.

The Moderna vaccine caused a greater number of reactions for the following symptoms compared to the Pfizer jab:

  • Injection-site pain, redness, swelling and itching
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Myalgia
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rash

“A greater percentage of participants who received the Moderna vaccine, compared with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, reported reactogenicity,” the researchers noted.

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“CDC will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the safety of the Moderna vaccine in real-world conditions,” it added.

Based on clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine was 94.1 percent effective at preventing illness from Covid.

This effectiveness remained consistent regardless of age, sex, race, and people with underlying medical conditions.

Most people who participated in trials were healthcare workers who had a greater risk of exposure to the virus.

The British Government had bought 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine – enough to vaccinate about 8.5 million people.

The mRNA vaccine uses Covid’s genetic code, prompting antigens to be created when injected into a person’s upper arm.

These antigens are recognised by the immune system, which prepares the body to fight the intruder.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said the roll-out in England will come about “as soon as possible this month”.

At present, the Moderna vaccine is being administered in Wales, whereas Scotland are set to deliver the jab in the coming months.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the roll-out of the Moderna jab will commence in Northern Ireland.

The CDC reinforced that Covid vaccines are “safe and effective”, with immunity kicking in two weeks after having the jab.

“Getting vaccinated is one of many steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” said the CDC.

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Arthritis symptoms: Trout could trigger painful gout attacks – and other surprising foods

Cartilage is a type of tissue that covers the surface of a bone at a joint. Pain in this area could be due to gout – a type of inflammatory arthritis. What are the symptoms of this condition? The UK Gout Society explained: “Uric acid is the waste product created when the body breaks down purines – a type of protein found in many foods and all of your cells.” This suggests that some level of uric acid in the body is unavoidable, but it’s the excess of uric acid that leads to gout.
Excessive levels of uric acid in the blood can be attributed to numerous reasons.

For example, dietary choices have been linked to the formation of swollen, painful joints.

“Your diet plays an important role in both causing gout and reducing the likelihood of suffering further painful attacks of gout,” said the charity.

It’s advised that people with gout should avoid high purine foods, such as:


  • Liver, kidneys, heart and sweetbreads


  • Pheasant, rabbit, venison

Oily fish

  • Anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines, sprats, whitebait, trout


  • Mussels, crab, shrimp, fish roe, caviar

Meat and yeast extracts

  • Marmite, Bovril, commercial gravy, beer

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There are “moderate purine foods”, which can be enjoyed in moderation, such as:

  • Chicken, duck, beef, lamb, chicken, pork
  • Baked beans, kidney beans, soya beans and peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach
  • Bran, oat bran, wholemeal bread

Foods low in purine include:

  • Diary
  • Eggs
  • Pasta and noodles
  • Fruits
  • Most vegetables

“If you already suffer from gout, eating a diet that is rich in purines can

result in a five-fold increase in gout attacks,” said the charity.

How to minimise the risk of gout

The UK Gout Society reference studies that have shown a high vitamin C intake can reduce the likelihood of developing gout.

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Furthermore, sour cherries have been shown to reduce blood uric acid levels and can help to ease inflammation in the body.

Drinking alcohol can also increase a person’s risk of developing painful gout attacks.

Alcohol is converted into lactic acid, which interferes with the removal of uric acid from the body.

Gout is associated with many other health conditions, such as raised cholesterol, high blood pressure and poor glucose tolerance.

Approximately half of all gout sufferers are overweight, so maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing the condition.

It’s best to lose weight (if needs be) in a healthy manner, by losing no more than two pounds per week.

“Going without food for long periods of time and rapid loss of weight can increase uric avid levels,” warned the charity.

There are other possible reasons as to why there would be high uric acid levels in the body.

For example, the kidneys may be struggling to remove enough uric acid from the body.

Another reason could be due to a rare genetic abnormality that could lead to the condition developing.

Treatment for gout involves pain relief medication, such as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

High blood pressure: Social isolation could trigger a rise in readings, study confirms

Social isolation could play a part in blood pressure readings shooting north, researchers discovered. Here are the details on a recent report published in the European Society of Cardiology. Dr Matías Fosco said: “The mandatory social isolation period [due to Covid restrictions] was linked with a 37 percent increase in the odds of having high blood pressure.” This link remained irregardless of age, sex, season, and time of consultation.
“After social isolation began, we observed that more patients coming to emergency had high blood pressure,” said Dr Fosco.

The practitioner added: “We conducted this study to confirm or reject this impression.”

The doctor and his research fellows at Favaloro Foundation University Hospital, in Buenos Aires, collated data during March 20 to June 25, 2020.

In that time period, those in the hospital’s emergency department had their blood pressure recorded.

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This means almost every patient admitted in those time periods were included in the study.

There were 12,241 records of blood pressure readings for patients who, on average, were around 57 years old.

The most common reasons why people were in the emergency department consisted of:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Hypertension

During the three-month isolation period, 1,643 patients were admitted to the emergency ward.

This was 56.9 percent less than the patients admitted to the same ward, in the same time period the year before, which consisted of 3,810 patients.

The number of patients in the hospital’s emergency department was also 53.9 percent less than the three months prior to social isolation restrictions.

Before Covid restrictions were implemented, there were 3,563 patients who had been admitted to the emergency department in three months.

During the social isolation period, 23.8 percent admitted to emergency had high blood pressure.

This was significantly higher than the same period in 2019, which was 17.5 percent of people in the emergency department with high blood pressure.

It was also much higher than the time period just before the social restrictions were enforced, when it was 15.4 percent.

Dr Fosco commented on the findings: “There are several possible reasons for the connection between social isolation and high blood pressure.”

He mentioned increased levels of stress, limited social contact, financial difficulties and behaviour changes, such as higher intake of food and alcohol, and a more sedentary lifestyle.