Six Foods to Ease Arthritis Pain
- Posted on: Sep 15 2016
If you’re one of the more than 50 million adults living with some type of arthritis, you know how debilitating it can be to experience swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. It may come as a surprise to learn that growing evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and adding in certain foods can help alleviate joint pain and inflammation, including:
Foods that are rich and calcium and vitamin D help to strengthen your bones, so it’s a good idea to add or increase your intake of milk, cheese and yogurt. And thanks to Vitamin D, which is crucial for absorbing calcium, your immune system will benefit, as well.
Broccoli and Brussel sprouts are packed with vitamins K and C, which has been linked to the prevention of osteoarthritis. They’re also full of sulforaphane, a compound that inhibits cartilage damage in your joints.
Salmon, tuna, trout and other fatty fish are chock-full of imflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding at least 3 to 4 ounces of fish to your diet on a weekly basis, or if you’re not a fan of fish, try eating soybeans like edamame, which are also low-fat and high in fiber and protein.
Tart cherries contain anthocyanin, an ingredient that not only give cherries their red color but helps relieve joint pain by reducing inflammation. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are also rich in anthocyanin.
Orange, limes and grapefruits are full of vitamin C, which can slow the onset of osteoarthritis and keep your joints healthy. Other foods rich in vitamin C include kiwi, pineapple, strawberries and cantaloupe.
This member of the allium family (along with onions and leeks) contains diallyl disulfide, a compound that may limit enzymes that damage cartilage. Eating foods containing garlic, onions and leeks can help decrease your chance of developing early osteoarthritis.
If you are interested in learning more about eating right to ease arthritis pain, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.
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