Arthritis is a crippling condition that refers to inflammation of the joints, causing pain and stiffness, often worsening with age. It is also the second most common cause of early retirement due to ill-health in Australia. According to Arthritis Australia, 4 million Australians are living with arthritis and this is expected to rise to 5.4 million by 2030. Arthritis cost the health system $5.5 billion in 2015 and, by 2030, this could reach $7.6 billion.

The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) recommends that those with arthritis incorporate fruits containing anthocyanin into their diets in order to lower inflammation. The University of Southern Queensland’s 2015 study on obese rats found that feeding the rats Queen Garnet plum juice reversed the rats’ arthritis.

Anthocyanin is a potent antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress (read more about what oxidative stress is here). Thanks to its antioxidative properties, anthocyanin has been shown to reduce levels of TNF-α, an inflammatory marker that plays a significant role in bone loss associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Further evidence shows that anthocyanins are able to block inflammatory factors in the blood, known as pro-inflammatory cytokines. This exerts therapeutic effects in mice with rheumatoid arthritis.

Get some purple in your diet today!