The most common joint disease among Americans, osteoarthritis is a condition where the natural cushioning between joints – the cartilage – wears away. Because symptom management is often ineffective and joint replacement is major surgery, many osteoarthritis suffers seek natural approaches.
Grapes are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation. Shanil Juma, from Texas Woman’s University and colleagues conducted a sixteen week clinical study, in which 72 men and women with knee osteoarthritis were assigned to either consume grapes in the form of a whole grape freeze-dried powder, or a placebo powder.
The data revealed that both men and women consuming a grape-enriched diet had a significant decrease in self-reported pain related to activity and an overall decrease in total knee symptoms – notably, improved joint flexibility and overall mobility.
This beneficial effect was more pronounced in females. Attributing these observed benefits to the anti-inflammatory compounds found in grapes, the lead investigator comments that: “These findings provide promising data that links grape consumption to two very important outcomes for those living with knee osteoarthritis: reduced pain and improvements in joint flexibility.”
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