Arthritic joint and muscle pain is often caused by a substance called fibrin. Fibrin is defined in the Biochemistry dictionary as an insoluble protein formed from fibrinogen during the clotting of blood. It forms a fibrous mesh that impedes the flow of blood. Fibrin creates long tough strands of insoluble protein that bind to platelets. These strands bind around joints and are found on and surrounding the joints of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
The normal human body produces proteolytic enzymes which destroy fibrin. As the body ages the ability to produce these enzymes lessens. It becomes noticeable in the mid 20’s and worsens from there on. The exact age varies from person to person, however by 50’s – 70’s it takes ingestion of proteolytic enzymes to maintain an ample supply to destroy fibrin and eliminate its ability to create pain.
Certain foods destroy proteolytic enzymes and should be seriously considered in the diet of an arthritis pain sufferer. One of these problem causers is gluten. Gluten is a protein source found in wheat, barely and rye. All forms of wheat contain gluten. Some other everyday foods contain gluten examples are pasta and beer.
Another culprit that should be limited and or avoided is processed food. Processed foods contain added salt, sugars and unhealthy fats. A 2016 research study showed that processed foods contribute almost 60% of calories and 90% of excess sugar in the American diet. Pizza, french fries, peanut butter and many cereals are examples of processed foods.
Blackened foods are another killer of proteolytic enzymes. The summer grill provides wonderful flavor however, if the pain outweighs the taste consume in moderation.
Alcohol is a major destroyer of this vital enzyme. Many people consume 7 or more alcoholic beverages daily. 1 or 2 is enough to add to arthritic pain.
White sugar and its imitators create great damage. Hard to avoid? Maybe, but definitely worth the effort if pain is severe.
To add new proteolytic enzymes to your body eat raw fruits & vegetables as often as possible. Salads are wonderful choices. In the summer months consume fresh fruits and vegetables while the supplies last. Bromelain found in pineapple and pa-pain found in papaya are full of proteolytic enzymes.
Year round sources of proteolytic enzymes include asparagus, unpeeled apples, figs and both black and green tea. All are wise choices containing rutin. Rutin is a prime replenisher of necessary enzymes to reduce pain. Citric bioflavonoids are also high in Proteolytic enzymes and found in all citrus fruits.
Turmeric containing curcumin is an especially important source of proteolytic enzymes. Learn to use it like it was salt. Put it in vegetables, soups, salad dressings, Mexican dishes. Adding it to chicken broth and egg yolks (deviled eggs) creates a deep rich yellow color.
Ginger is a great choice. Ginger root tea hot or cold is a good refresher and supplier of proteolytic enzymes. Recipe: Boil 4 cups of water add ginger root ( cut a 2 inch piece, peel & grate), slice 1 lemon peel and all. Add grated ginger and lemon to water. Steep 5 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. Serve hot or chill. Ginger is also a good taste enhancer in many food creations including oriental and many sauces, glazes and marinades
With just a little effort you can reduce the pain caused by inflammation and bone reduction brought on by fibrinogen right in your own kitchen.