Everything Green Is Gold for Knees

19 September, 2012

Could be a good way to describe the youthful knees of a green tea devotee. Potent compounds in green tea -- EGCG and ECG -- may help battle cartilage and collagen destruction in arthritic joints.

Catechin Delight

The EGCG and ECG found in green tea are powerful flavonoids known as catechins. Seems these particular catechins may help fight inflammation, as well as some of the underlying mechanisms at work in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

A Better Plan?

Of course, drinking a few cupfuls of green tea each day is no guarantee against knee pain, so here are a few of the more tried-and-true methods for keeping knees healthy:

Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess pounds raise your risk of knee arthritis.

Play it safe. A knee injury will triple your risk of knee osteoarthritis. When you exercise, take proper precautions to avoid getting hurt.

Strengthen your quads. Weak quadriceps muscles are associated with knee arthritis, so work them out regularly, along with your hamstrings and all of your other leg muscles.

Feel something crunching and creaking in your knees? Early intervention can slow arthritis progression

SOURCES: Catechins from green tea (Camellia sinensis) inhibit bovine and human cartilage proteoglycan and type II collagen degradation in vitro. Adcocks, C., Collin, P., Buttle, D. J., Journal of Nutrition 2002 Mar;132(3):341-346. Green tea polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) differentially inhibits interleukin-1 beta-induced expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and -13 in human chondrocytes. Ahmed, S., Wang, N., Lalonde, M., Goldberg, V. M., Haqqi, T. M., Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 2004 Feb;308(2):767-773.

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