A new study suggests that antioxidant nutrients may play a role keeping our joints healthy. The study found that low blood levels of selenium may increase the risk of developing a certain type of rheumatoid arthritis (called rheumatoid factor-negative), while low blood levels of vitamin E may increase the risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis overall. Finnish researchers in Helsinki studied over 18,000 men and women without arthritis or a history of the disease. The subjects were studied for a period of 11 to 16 years.
In comparing those people with the highest levels of selenium in their blood to those with the lowest levels, the risk for developing rheumatoid factor-negative arthritis was 84% lower. Those individuals with the highest blood levels of vitamin E had a 66% lower risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis compared to those with the lowest blood levels of the vitamin. To boost your intake of these foods rich in these antioxidants reach forÖ
Vitamin E: nuts, seeds, wheat germ, vegetables oils, leafy green vegetables, natural source vitamin E supplement Selenium: seafood, poultry, organ meats, whole grains, onions, garlic, and mushrooms.
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