In order to maintain an active lifestyle, joint health is extremely important. When your joints aren’t properly supported and are pushed to perform, painful things can happen! I know from experience. As a result, I am careful about incorporating foods that support healthy joints into my diet regulary. Here are some great foods you can add into your diet to boost your joint health:
- Red Peppers, Oranges and Tomatoes: These foods are high in vitamin c, which the body uses to make collagen. Collagen is essential because it is what our cartilage, tendons and ligaments are composed of. Increased levels of Vitamin C can help build healthy cartilage and repair damage as well.
- Walnuts: These delicious nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which help to east inflammation in the body. While walnuts are a good, healthy source of omega-3’s, they are also high in fat, so it is best to limit your intake to about a handful a day to maximize benefits without overdoing it on calories and fat.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: EVOO is a good source of lubricin, which improves the ability of synovial fluid to both protect and lubricate surrounding cartilage. You can easily get your daily intake by adding to salads or sautéing your foods with it.
- Blueberries: These beauties contain 20 types of anthocyanin, antioxidants that give berries their blue-violet and red colors. These are great for easing arthritis pain in your joints.
- Apples: Apples are an excellent source of quercetin, which is an antioxidant used in the formation of collagen. Red apples have the highest levels of quercetin, and in fact, the deeper the color red the apple is, the higher its levels of quercetin are. Apples are also high in magnesium which is one of the nutrients that promotes the formation of hyalouronic acid, which is a lubricating fluid found naturally in the joints.
As with any health condition, prevention is key! It’s so much easier to prevent pain than it is to treat it. Be good to your joints and they will be good to you!
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