Boost My Fibre For Osteoarthritis
Those who suffer from osteoarthritis won’t need telling just how debilitating it can be. It can be immensely painful and stop you doing the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.
For those who aren’t sure about what it actually is, osteoarthritis, also known as arthrosis or osteoarthrosis, is a condition that affects your joints. The surfaces of your joints don’t move as freely as they should thanks to the thinning of cartilage and thickening of the bone. This causes swelling in the joint, making it more difficult to move it, and the reduction in cartilage can make the bones rub together and wear away – it’s not surprising it can be so painful!
It’s a condition that can affect any joints in the body but is more common in the hips, knees and thumbs. It’s more prevalent as people get older, although it’s not unheard of for people to develop osteoarthritis in younger life.
So where does fibre fit in with this? Surely fibre can’t help with a chronic joint condition? Well, it turns out it might be able to!
One long-term study followed two groups of men and women who either suffered from osteoarthritis in their knees or were at risk of it. In the first group, which consisted of 4,700 people with knee osteoarthritis studied over four years, those who ate the most fibre were found to be 30% less likely to develop pain or stiffness in their knees compared to those who ate the least.
The results for the second group were even more eye-opening. 1,200 participants were studied over nine years, and it was found that those who ate the most fibre had a 60% lower risk of knee osteoarthritis than those who consumed the least.
So how can fibre help osteoarthritis?
One way in which fibre can help those with osteoarthritis is that it helps make you feel fuller for longer. Being overweight is a known risk factor for osteoarthritis as the heavier you are, the more strain there is on your joints. However, by eating more fibre and reducing your appetite, you naturally eat less which can help you manage your weight better, thus reducing the risk factors.
Fibre has also been found to decrease inflammation, which is a key factor in arthritis. Some studies have found that those who eat a lot of fibre have lower amounts of C-reactive protein (CRP) in their blood. That won’t mean much to many of you, but CRP is a marker of inflammation linked with arthritis, as well as other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
This reduction in inflammation may be a healthy by-product of losing weight, as we’ve just mentioned, but it also could be down to a couple of other factors. Fibre feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut which release substances that promote lower levels of inflammation, and it also could be because of healthy plant chemicals called phytonutrients found in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Whatever the reason, it’s clear that having more fibre in your diet can only be a good thing. Not only can it help with osteoarthritis, but it also boasts various other benefits, including helping lower blood pressure, improving digestion, and even having a positive effect on your mental health.
How can Boost My Fibre help?
Most of us don’t get as much fibre as we should, but Boost My Fibre can change that. By either dissolving in water or sprinkling over your food (don’t worry, it doesn’t really taste of anything), you can quickly and easily increase your fibre intake and take advantage of all the amazing benefits fibre brings.
The main ingredient in Boost My Fibre has been shown to have various fantastic benefits, including reducing the risk of diabetes, improving gut health and digestion, protecting the liver, and of course reducing inflammation and managing osteoarthritis.
Research conducted by the Rheumatic Diseases Division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine found that the main ingredient used in Boost My Fibre can help treat osteoarthritis. Participants in the study were aged 50 or over and suffered from arthritis of the hip or knee. Following an increased intake of fibre, several showed a 20% improvement in response to joint pain and stiffness.