Arthritis is a common condition causing pain, stiffness and inflammation of joints.
It affects around 10 million people in the UK.
Pain and inflammation associated with arthritis can be eased by taking certain medications, but following a diet high in certain foods and drinks can also improve the condition.
These five drinks, recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, can help ease the symptoms of painful joints.
Tea is rich in polyphenols – plant compounds with strong anti-inflammatory properties.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, the highest polyphenol leaves are found in green and white teas.
Green tea contains a polyphenol known as epigallocatechin 3-gallate, which has been shown to be as much as 100 times stronger as an antioxidant than vitamins C and E.
Milk is high in calcium and may help prevent gout and fight the progression of osteoarthritis.
Juices and smoothies
Oranges, tomatoes, pineapple and carrot juices are high in vitamin C and have antioxidants that can prevent inflammation.
Berries and leafy greens like spinach and kale are also packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Yoghurt in smoothies can add a probiotic boost, which can decrease inflammation.
Red wine has a compound in it called resveratrol, which has anti-inflammatory effects.
However, alcohol should be consumed in moderation, and it’s not recommended to start drinking alcohol if you don’t already, as the negative effects on health outweigh the benefits, according to experts.
Keeping hydrated with water is vital for flushing toxins out of the body, which can help fight inflammation.
It can also keep joints well lubricated and help prevent gout attacks.
“If there’s a magical elixir to drink, it’s water,” said the Arthritis Foundation.