Dried plum seems to reduce symptoms of inflammatory arthritis

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dried plum, inflammation, arthritis diet, arthritis magazineSupplementing the diet with dried plum may lead to decreased erosion of bone, cartilage and synovitis, a research group reveals in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Dried plums are rich in polyphenols and have been shown to have bone-preserving properties in lab studies of osteoporosis. So a team looked at if dried plum alleviated the destruction of joints in mice with rheumatoid arthritis.

A four-week treatment of 20% dried plum diet slowed the onset of arthritis and reduced bone erosions in the joints compared to the mice on a regular diet. There were reduced markers of bone erosion, protection of articular cartilage and reduction of synovitis. The group concludes:

“Our data suggested that dietary supplementation with dried plum inhibited TNF singling; leading to decreased erosions of bone and articular cartilage as well as synovitis.

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