Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of missed days work. It is often caused by repetitive tasks and even sports utilizing a great deal of wrist activity. If you are particularly prone to carpal troubles, then a special carpal tunnel syndrome diet may help improve your condition.
How would a change in diet help and what foods would pertain to a better outlook with the condition? Well, primarily because carpal tunnel syndrome deals with inflammation along the median nerve, foods with anti inflamation properties can help considerably.
Here’s a selection of suggested foods:
Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna contain omega 3 fats such as EPA and DHA which really help in the reduction of inflammation. If you are not keen on fish, then taking supplements can be substituted instead. A dosage of 1000 mg of EPA and DHA combined can help considerably. Do consult with your physician if you are preparing for surgery or take blood thinners though.
Another omega 3 acid, known as ALA (alpha lipoic acid) also helps reduce inflammation which is found in walnuts. While inflammation is reduced, it is not on the same level as eating fish.
An enzyme known as bromelain is prevalent within pineapple and is another food which reduces inflammation and comes with the bonus of improving digestion. Be aware, this too can thin the blood if taken as a supplement so again, check with your primary.
Found in curry sauces and mustards this again is another anti inflammatory food which helps the carpals. Combined with ginger and black pepper, its properties are even more enhanced.
Spinach is the final food we will suggest here and it contains vitamin B6 which is known to help reduce pain.
All the above foods can really help with keeping your carpal tunnel syndrome at bay by reducing inflammation and pain. We have many more suggestions to help with improving your diet so that we can really get your condition under better control and to keep you fit and active.
Do be aware though on the supplement side of things to double check with your doctor if you are preparing for surgery or take blood thinners so that other recommendations can be made.
As ever, if you are still having problems with your carpals, please contact us so we can better examine you and treat accordingly.
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