Arthritis is a common condition that can cause joint pain, inflammation and stiffness.
About 10 million people in the UK suffer from it, according to the NHS.
There’s currently no cure, but some treatments could help to slow down the condition’s progress.
Celery may be able to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, as the vegetable contains anti-inflammatories, said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
“Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants,” said Axe.
“Researchers have identified over a dozen different types of antioxidants that are responsible for the benefits of celery.
“These include such phenolic acids as caffeic acid and ferulic acid, plus flavanols like quecetin.
“This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation; joint pain [such as from arthritis], gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.”
The antioxidants fight free-radical damage, which can lead to inflammation, Axe said.
Inflammation is one of the symptoms of arthritis, as well as some cancers and heart disease.
The vegetable could also prevent and treat high blood pressure, the nutritionist claimed.
Liver health could also be improved by eating celery, he added.
Osteoarthritis could be treated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and painkillers, according to the NHS.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatments aim to slow down the condition’s progress, and minimise joint inflammation.
Physiotherapy, regular exercise and some painkillers could all help to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Signs of arthritis could also include muscle wasting, restricted movement, and warm skin over the affected joint.