Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, according to the NHS.
The most common type of arthritis in the UK is osteoarthritis.
It’s caused by a gradual wearing down of the smooth cartilage lining the joints.
Arthritis pain usually affects the hands, spine, knees, and hips.
You can relieve arthritis symptoms by adding more onions to your dinner, a nutritionist has claimed.
Eating more onions could help to reduce your arthritis pain as they’re rich in sulphur, said Dr Josh Axe.
They’re also a great source of flavonoids; antioxidants that get rid of harmful free radicals.
Onions are low in calories, and have virtually no fat, added the Arthritis Foundation.
Weight gain has been linked to increased arthritis pain, as it puts more stress on the joints between bones.
Shallots and red onions provide the best disease-fighting chemicals, it added.
Sulfur naturally contains a form of methylsulfonylmethane [MSM],” said the nutritionist.
“MSM has been shown to help reduce joint inflammation along with joint pain.
“Because onions are a great anti-inflammatory food, they’re one of the best vegetable choices if you suffer from painful inflammatory diseases like arthritis or asthma.
“Quercetin [a type of flavonoid], found in onions, may be especially beneficial for arthritis sufferers because it helps inhibit inflammation-causing leukotrienes, prostaglandins and histamines that worsen pain and swelling.”
You can add more onion to your diet by including it in your salads, stir-frys or sandwiches, added the Arthritis Foundation.
Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, and restricted movement of joints.
There’s currently no cure for the condition, but some treatments could slow down it’s progression.
Exercise is a great way to relieve your arthritis pain, the NHS said.
Keeping active could boost your muscle strength, improve your range of movement, and reduce stiffness.
You won’t cause your arthritis to get any worse by doing the right type and level of exercise for your condition.
Speak to your GP for advice on the best exercise for you.