Sunday, December 19, 2010

Garlic might reduce Risk of Arthritis

A diet containing more garlic, leeks and onions might help in reducing the risk of having arthritis.

The daily mail reports: University of East Anglia and King College, London did their investigation about the link of diet rich in garlic and joint diseases like arthritis. Their studies confirmed the link of garlic and painful joint diseases and observed that women who ate much garlic had their minimum level of having hip osteoarthritis.

Arthritis is the disease that affects most of the women than men. Around 8 million people are affected in Britain. Joint diseases affect knees, hip and spine and it causes pain and it restricts the movement of the joints it affects.

The study by the Arthritis Research Britain had a detailed study about 1000 healthy female twins and assessed about their diet and early symptoms of arthritis in their knees, hip and spine. The detailed study revealed that earlier symptoms of osteoarthritis are less in women who had much garlic in their diet than who did not have it.

The researchers found the presence of a compound called diallyl disulphide in garlic and the laboratory findings with this compound showed to help in reducing cartilage damages.

“If our results are confirmed by follow-up studies, this will point the way towards dietary intervention or targeted drug therapy for people with osteoarthritis,” said Frances Williams, lead author of the study.
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