For every pound you lose in weight, you ease the pressure on the joint of your knees by four pounds, according to experts.
It is not a new discovery that certain foods and spices play an immense role in joint pain relief. For decades, humans have used food as medicine to help relieve pain. Researchers have found increasing evidence that maintaining a healthy diet, that includes certain foods and spices, can help fight against inflammation and joint pain. Here are some foods and spices that help relieve joint pain:
- Tart cherries can provide joint pain relief. Anthocyanin is the ingredient that gives cherries its vibrant red color, as well as help with various arthritis symptoms. Many people who drink tart cherry juice noticed improvements in osteoarthritis pain.
- Tuna, salmon, mackerel and trout are known as fatty fish, which can help fight inflammation with rich omega-3 fatty acids. A couple times a week, you can add these fish to your diet. You may not be much of a fan of fish; thus, you can talk to your physician about taking a supplement of omega-3.
- Along with onions and leeks, garlic is a food member of what is referred to as the allium family. They all contain diallyl disulfide, a compound which helps with arthritis and other diseases that limit enzymes which damage cartilage.
- Turmeric is an inflammation fighter with the compound curcumin. Although there is minimal information on the side effects of curcumin, it has been in India for centuries to stave off inflammatory diseases. Especially in curries, turmeric is found in many Indian dishes, such as Roti and curried chicken and rice.
- Recent studies have showed that vitamin C can slow the progression of osteoarthritis. In fact, people take Vitamin C supplements were less likely to develop osteoarthritis in the knees than individuals who neglected taking the supplements. Vitamin C can be found in kiwi, pineapple, strawberries and cantaloupe.
- Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are natural fighters against inflammation, which is very beneficial to weight loss management. Foods like fresh broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts, all contain sulforaphane. Sulforaphane helps slow down the damage in cartilage caused by osteoarthritis.
What foods do you eat to help fight against inflammation? Please share, we would love to hear from you.