Foods That Help Joint Health
As you age, you may be experiencing pain that affects your joints, but in some cases your skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels as well. This can also cause painful swelling in the affected areas.
If you are experiencing:
- Pain or aching of joints
- Stiffness of joints
- Swelling of joints
- Tender, warm Joints
- Weight Loss
In addition to treatment, there are several lifestyle changes you can consider to help with improve your joint health, such as switching up your diet. Check out these foods that help prevent or minimize joint pain
Research suggests that food high in omega-3 fats help prevent inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.
Broccoli really is a super food. It is rich in vitamin C and K, calcium, and contains a helpful compound called sulforaphane. According to a Mayo Clinic study, Broccoli actually helps protect against the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Try also adding cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale to your regular diet.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil, a heart healthy fat, contains oleocanthal, which blocks inflammation enzymes. Try using as a replacement for other oils in your cooking and salad dressings.
Cartilage protects and cushions joints as they move. Vitamin C protects collagen, which is a large part of cartilage. Try adding more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits to your diet reap this vitamin C benefit.
Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. When looking for your morning caffeine kick, try switching from coffee to a hot cup of green tea.
C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood is a marker of inflammation. Whole grains help lower these levels. Next time you are at the store, skip the white rice and pick up some brown rice. Oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also a smart choice.
Anyone can be affected by joint conditions. If you feel joint pain is affecting you, let us help you by going over your treatment options at The Novus Center.