Want to slow the progression and discomforts of knee arthritis?  There is a weapon that you would be completely shocked to find out, works.  And that weapon is…milk!  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, milk.  Though results show a higher success rate for women, than men.

What is Knee Arthritis?

Knee arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes joint pain, discomfort, and swelling in the joints in the knees.  Knee arthritis is the leading form of arthritis and affects almost 27 million Americans aged 25 and older, but tends to be more common and severe in women.

Knee ArthritisHow Can I Slow Down the Process of Knee Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis or OA, and also known as knee arthritis, can be slowed in women, who drink more low-fat or fat-free milk, though ironically the same cannot be said for yogurt or cheese, which cause knee arthritis to progress speedily.

Bing Lu, M.D., Dr.P.H., from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, says “Milk consumption plays an important role in bone health.  Our findings indicate that women who frequently drink milk may reduce the progression of OA.”  

How Does Milk Help Knee Arthritis?

Calcium affects bone health, and milk is chock full of it.  Milk also contain other nutrients, that assist with pain relief and helps maintain the health of your bones like: phosphorous, proteins, and fortified D vitamins.  However according to Marlo Mittler, who is a nutritionist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. says, “the actual component of milk that allows it to play a preventive role in osteoarthritis progression still needs to be explored.”

One would assume cheese and yogurts could help with this as well, as these things are made of milk, but Mittler says, “The high fat content of cheese may explain why that food actually sped knee arthritis progression.”   

So reach for those extra glasses of milk, whether you are 25 years old or 45 years old, and completely slow knee arthritis symptoms and pain in their tracks.  Your knees will thank you later.