When you sat down to dinner last night, I bet you weren’t thinking, “I wonder if my joints are going to like this.”
But if you’ve been experiencing joint pain and stiffness, maybe that’s a question you should be asking yourself.
Because what you eat can influence your joint health.
And adding foods with joint-nourishing nutrients to your diet can help ease pain and tame excess inflammation.
What are joint-nourishing nutrients?
Things like omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s keep the body’s inflammation response in balance, and as a result, help your joints stay healthy and comfortable.
You probably already know that fish is an excellent source of omega-3s.
Cold-water fish like wild salmon, halibut, mackerel, and sardines, are well-known for their omega-3 content
(Salmon is especially great for your joints because it also contains joint-supporting vitamin D.)
Not a fish fan? Not a problem!
Nuts and seeds are also high in omega-3.
Walnuts, flaxseeds (ground daily), pecans and almonds are all good choices.
Your cooking oil can also be a good source of omega-3s, if you chose the right one.
There’s a reason the parts of the world that use olive oil have much lower rates of joint pain.
Not only is olive oil a great source of omega-3s, the fats in olive oil are used by the body to produce prostacyclin, a powerful anti-inflammatory substance.
I prefer extra virgin olive oil because it’s less processed.
Another thing joints love? Antioxidants.
Antioxidants are critical for fighting free radicals in your joints and keeping them healthy.
Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and cherries are antioxidant power foods due to their high anthocyanins content.
Anthocyanins are one of the most potent flavonoids that help regulate the inflammatory responses in the body.
Pineapple is another fruit that’s super for your joints because it has bromelain.
This is a protein enzyme that’s been well-studied to reduce joint pain and discomfort.
Now that it’s summertime, you should be able to find berries and pineapple in abundance.
So, load up – for your joints.
You know what else is a joint-nourishing antioxidant? Vitamin C.
This vitamin is particularly good for your joints because it helps your body make collagen – the part of your cartilage, tendons, and ligaments that cushion your joints.
Papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy greens, oranges and kiwi are all excellent sources of vitamin C.
Like every other part of your body, the health of your joints is influenced by the foods you eat.
Feed them well with a healthy dose of joint nourishing nutrients to keep them healthy, happy, and comfortable.