For many years, people have claimed that certain foods in their diet reduced pain and joint inflammation from arthritis. Researchers continue to investigate whether foods and spices actually may play a role in relieving joint pain and, if so, how they work. Inflammation can happen anywhere and can lead to body damage the longer it is allowed to continue in the body.
Many things can be the reason for random inflammation, including stress, lack of sleep and many types of infections. Chronic inflammation can be most severe. Those with chronic joint pain and inflammation know how painful this can be and how it can affect their lives. Remember, there’s no magic food. But growing evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and adding in specific foods and spices could help fight inflammation and joint pain. We would like to list a few foods that can help reduce the amount of inflammation in the body.
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage
These vegetables can help release toxins from the liver and are packed with chlorophyll. They also are known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. These veggies are part of the cruciferous family, and they are full of a compound called sulforaphane, which helps slow cartilage damage in joints due to osteoarthritis, according to a study involving mice. There is even the potential of the vegetables being about to flush carcinogenic compounds from the body.
Some people with joint pain have found relief from products made from tart cherries. The ingredient in cherries that helps with joint symptoms is the same one that gives this fruit its red color—anthocyanin. A 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that subjects who drank tart cherry juice had improvements in the pain and stiffness.
Already known as nature’s super food, blueberries have tons of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2014 study showed that blueberries help chronic disease risk reduction because of the polyphenol compounds included. Data shows that blueberries have a great effect on inflammation and helps reduce it in the body.
Chia seeds are making headlines for their ability to promote cardiovascular health, but what about their effect on joint health? Are these nutrient-dense seeds any good at reducing joint pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis? Turns out, the ancient Aztecs used chia seeds to relieve joint pain, among other things. The nutrient composition of chia seeds has been studied, and interestingly, many of the nutrients found in these tiny seeds are well known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. Chia seeds are also rich in two of the most important minerals for people who suffer from joint pain and inflammation: zinc and copper
Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation. Try adding fish to your diet a couple of times a week. If you’re not a big fan of fish, ask your doctor about taking an omega-3 supplement.
Other options to help your joint pain include: flaxseeds, turmeric, water and kale.
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