Can Blueberries help with Arthritis pain? Seriously.

Can Blueberries help with Arthritis pain? Seriously.


– Hi this is Siddharth Tambar
with Chicago Arthritis. So pretty regularly I
have patients ask me if nutrition can help with
their arthritis related pain. So an interesting
article came out from a group based out of Texas published in the
journal Nutrients where they looked at blueberries to see if it could help
with arthritis related pain. So there’s a number of things that are interesting
about this article. Number one, this was a
placebo controlled trial. So they compared a blueberry
freeze dried extract and compared it to a placebo
freeze dried extract. And they looked at a few
different interesting measures. And as expected,
some of the measures associated with
inflammation and arthritis were no different
between the two groups. But measures of pain
as well as function were much better
in the individuals that had the blueberry extract. So there’s a couple
caveats to this. Number one, they used 40 grams of this freeze dried
blueberry extract. I could not figure out
how many blueberries does that equal to. It could be a handful,
it could be a lot more. In my family we eat
a lot of blueberries cause my daughter
likes blueberries. But I don’t know if
your average person could really eat
enough blueberries to get the same kind of result. Number two, this article
which was interesting it was funded by some
blueberry consortium. So I don’t know if there’s
some kind of influence in the scientific literature by the blueberry cabal, but take that into
consideration as well. But my take is
blueberries they’re tasty, add some to your salad,
maybe have a few extras for a snack as well. Maybe it helps,
maybe it doesn’t. But low risk, it may make
a difference as well. Thank you for your
time and live well.

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