Carpal tunnel syndrome diet

What food is good to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?


Proper nutrition helps to reduce the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). This will include a diet rich in natural plant foods, a diet low in saturated fat and appropriate to your age.

Fruits and vegetables for carpal tunnel syndrome

The consumption of raw vegetables, such as salads and fruits, is essential in this diet because they contain vitamin C. Deficits of this vitamin can accentuate the pain of the joints. They also provide antioxidants to counteract the effects of inflammation.

Which are the best fruits for carpal tunnel syndrome

Among the recommended fruits for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects we have: pineapples, pomegranates, peppers, blueberries, onions, limes, lemons, kumquats (kumquats), oranges, apples, tomatoes, watermelon, and orange fruits such as peaches, carrots, pumpkins, mango and papayas.


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Pineapples in a market

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Scientific studies suggest that this fruit may improve symptoms of inflammation.

The same studies showed that pineapple combined with turmeric (used as a spice in food), enhances the anti-inflammatory effect.

Anti-Inflammatory diet for carpal tunnel syndrome.

An anti-inflammatory diet is best suited to help reduce inflammation, apart from external remedies such as ice packs or other remedies that can be applied locally on the carpal tunnel. To reduce inflammation in the body we must control the dietary fats.

  • First, we must avoid inflammatory foods that are high in saturated fats. Mainly industrial products containing such fat and meat products: popcorn bag (containing trans fats), sausages, pates, butter and pastries, etc..
  • We must also choose skim milk to avoid dairy fat and cholesterol (avoid fat cheese, whole milk, whole yogurt, etc..)

Suitable fats for carpal tunnel syndrome

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Avocado has anti-inflammatory principles, very useful to diminish hand or wrist inflammation

The most suitable fats in our diet should be mainly:

With these foods, the body has the “ingredients” needed to manufacture its own anti-inflammatory principles. (This means that the body converts omega-3 into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins). These foods also provide us tocopherol or vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory properties to protect cell membranes from the adverse effects of inflammation.

The use of spices can contribute to the anti-inflammatory diet because of the principles of spicy plants: ginger, turmeric and herbs rich in thymol (lemon, savory, oregano, thyme, basil).

Foods rich in vitamin B6 for carpal tunnel syndrome.

For carpal tunnel syndrome eating foods rich in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) can be very helpful: It has been observed that people with carpal tunnel syndrome are deficient in this vitamin.

Foods rich in vitamin B6 are: oats, muesli, millet, broccoli, cabbage, soybeans, lentils, chard, spinach, potato, sweet potato, avocado, banana, sunflower seeds, persimmon, pomegranate, etc.. (Animal foods contain twice this vitamin that vegetarian sources).

Oatmeal is also very convenient because it provides high doses of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), that transforms vitamin B6 into its most active form. (Take at breakfast, with muesli or with fruit juices).

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

26 April, 2022

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