Excess copper or iron can upset the body’s mineral balance and cause a variety of health problems, one being arthritis. Oleaginous fruits are very rich in copper, and should be avoided. Also eat less meat, and more fresh fruit and vegetables. 138

Sufficient amounts of zinc and Vitamin C constitute an antidote to an excess of copper in the body. Foods rich in zinc include:

– oysters, horse meat, whole grain bread, egg yolk, fish, shellfish.

Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruit and kiwis, and green peppers.

A lack of Vitamin D can cause arthritis. Very little of this vitamin is contained in the food you eat, your best source being direct exposure to sunlight, which bonds pro-vitamins present in your skin. Foods that do contain Vitamin D include:

– fish liver oil, oily fish like herring, salmon and sardines, eggs and milk (small amounts).

Persons suffering from arthritis also often lack Vitamin F, contained mainly in primrose or borage oil .

Sulphur is also recommended. This mineral has an anti-aging effect, protecting joints and enhancing cerebral functions. Sources include animal protein, eggs, dried beans, onions and garlic.

Note that arthritis can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

– emotional trauma or stress, an excess of protein-rich food (especially meat), heredity.

Boron. According to British scientist, Dr Rex E Newham, 3 to 10 mg a day of Boron could help prevent arthritis. This amount could also help relieve morning stiffness and other arthritis symptoms. You can get your quota of Boron from non-citrus fruits like apples and pears, a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a handful of raisins or prunes.

Too much animal protein, and too little vegetable protein in your diet can cause arthritic problems. A diet that contains too much meat, fish, eggs and dairy products overloads blood and cells with toxins like purines or uric acid. This puts a strain on your liver and kidneys, which have to work harder to eliminate excess toxins, causing them to become fatigued over the long term. Blood and cells gradually become poisoned, with resulting deposits of toxins in joints.

Over time, these deposits cause more and more arthritic discomfort.

To treat your problem effectively, every effort should be made to find the underlying cause.

Recommended foods

– garlic, onions

– algae, varech

– pineapple, banana, melon, grapefruit, pears, apples, plums, grapes

– olives, red and black radish, horseradish

– sorrel

– medlar (found mainly in Europe)

– whole grain bread

– artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, carrots, celery, fennel, cabbage, cucumber, parsnip, watercress, lettuce, leek, potatoes, tomatoes

– gooseberries, blackcurrants, cherries, strawberries, raspberries

– parsley, chervil

– wild chicory

– seafood and shellfish (oysters

– herring, sardines, salmon, cod liver oil

– green beans, dried beans, dandelion

– primrose oil

– borage oil

– egg yolks

– milk

– horse meat

– clay (mix a teaspoon of nutritional clay in a glass of water)

Foods to avoid

– oleaginous fruit

– asparagus

– butter

– wheat

– egg white

– processed meats (salami, sausages, hot dogs, etc.)

– chocolate

– fat cheese

– cooked fruit

– lard

– kiwis

– legumes

– yeast

– fish

– plums

– rye

– white sugar and derivative products

– too much meat