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Easing arthritis

Looking for tips to prevent arthritis or ease the pain of flare-ups? Start off by pouring yourself a cocktail.

According to the AARP Bulletin, a recent study found that, compared with non-drinkers, women who had more than three alcoholic drinks each week for 10 years reduced their risk of getting arthritis by about half.

Other recommendations include eating cherries, which contain pain-fighting antioxidants; spicing up food with anti-inflammatory turmeric; and taking up acupuncture, tai chi and yoga to manage pain.

The magazine also suggests skipping sugary drinks, which one study found contributed to weight gain and knee osteoarthritis, as well as red meat, oily fish and certain vegetables, such as beans, containing compounds that could cause flare-ups.

– Washington Post