Grapefruits are full of vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and E, niacin and pantothenic acid. Studies show that grapefruit can help to reduce the inflammation and pain in joints caused by arthritis. The high levels of vitamin C in grapefruit are also shown to be key in the formation of both collagen and proteoglycans, two major components of cartilage tissue that provide the cushion-like function and lubrication necessary for joint movement and proper function (26).
Studies show that a substance called C-reactive protein (CRP), which is produced by your liver, can increase inflammation in your body (27). Beans are not only an excellent source of fiber, but they also help to lower CRP, according to numerous studies.
One 2012 study published in The Journal of Food Composition and Analysis looked at the nutrient content of 10 common beans. IT found that they are full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that can lower CRP (28).
Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanidins, which not only give fruit like cherries, raspberries and strawberries their natural reddish color, but help to reduce inflammation. A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that people who eat more strawberries tend to have lower CRP levels (29).
Carrots are full of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your liver. They also contain beta-cryptoxanthin, another powerful antioxidant in the carotenoid family. A 2003 study published in Phototherapy Research shows that people who eat more foods containing beta-cryptoxanthin are better protected against arthritis. In fact, the effects from eating carrots are “significant when compared to Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Celebrex.” (30)