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Food for Arthritis

Food for Arthritis

There are certain foods that have been shown to help strengthen your bones, assist your immune system, and help with fighting inflammation in the body.

If you add some of these foods to your daily balanced diet, it may help ease some of the pain and assist with reducing other symptoms of arthritis.

 

  • Fish

There are certain fish that are filled with inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids - specifically, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna.

Eating between 3-6 ounces of any one of these fish two to four times a week is recommended when trying to lower inflammation.

 

  • Soy

If seafood is not your cup of tea, you can still get the jam-packed omega-3 fatty acid benefits from eating products made with soybean, like tofu, soymilk, edamame, and soy nuts.

There are also fermented soy products like miso and soy sauce that can help.

 

  • Cherries

Cherries have, what is known as, anthocyanins which cause an anti-inflammatory effect.

Anthocyanins can also be found in other red and purple fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

 

  • Dairy

Any low-fat dairy products, like yogurts and cheeses, are packed with vitamin D and calcium, both of which can increase your bone strength.

 

  • Broccoli

This little green tree is rich in vitamin C and K. It also contains a compound called sulforaphane which may be able to slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

We can’t forget that it’s packed with calcium for your bones!

 

  • Green Tea

You can find polyphenols in green tea, which is an antioxidant that has been believed to reduce inflammation. It has also been known to assist in reducing the speed of cartilage destruction.

Another antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is found in this tea, assisting in blocking the production of certain molecules that can cause joint damage.

 

  • Beans

Known notoriously for being an excellent source of protein, beans are inexpensive and packed with fiber.

Many beans (red beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans) are rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron - all of which are known to assist in heart health and immune system support.

 

  • Garlic

The allium family of food - garlic, leeks, and onions - has been known to lessen the signs of early osteoarthritis when eaten regularly.