8 Foods That Can Help To Relieve Joint Pain

by | Aug 20, 2012 | Health Habits, Nutrition Support, Uncategorized

There are different ways to treat joint pain, and these depend on the actual cause of the pain. Joint pain is becoming more common today due to the high-paced life that people lead. As people perform different activities in their daily routine, they can get inflammations that prevent them from enjoying the things they love to do. There are different medications and treatment plans that can relieve the pain. Some people may even require surgery depending on the severity of the problem.

While drugs and other treatments can reduce pain, normal foods can also be used to improve quality of life by improving mobility of the joints. Consuming these foods makes up a good solution because they do not have any side effects, can enhance overall health and they taste great!

1. Fish

Fried fish for breakfast

There are certain varieties of fish that can help to relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation. Fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which is essential for joint pain relief. Some of the fish are rich in Vitamin D, which helps to strengthen bones. Vitamin D is important for joint health and when taken in adequate amounts can help to reduce the risk of getting osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Berries

+ Blueberries.

Berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are very important in the slowing down of the wear and tear of joints. The berries have Vitamin C, which has antioxidant qualities useful for keeping away free radicals that damage cells. The antioxidants can prevent or slow down progression of arthritis, and they relieve pain. Vitamin C is instrumental in formation of collagen, which is an essential component of bones and cartilage.

3. Turmeric

This spice is popular in Indian dishes, and it has been around for centuries. The benefits of turmeric have long been recognized and today it is found in many kitchens. The spice contains cur cumin, which is a powerful compound that has anti-inflammatory components. The compound works by preventing the protein NF-KB that causes increased inflammation from being activated, relieving pain in the joints. While commonly used in preparation of food, half a teaspoon of turmeric added into a glass of warm water is a good joint pain treatment.

4. Flaxseed oil

The oil can help to reduce pain caused by different inflammatory conditions, and these include joint conditions. Flaxseed contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential for people with inflammatory disorders including arthritis. The fatty acids help in the production of chemicals that help to control inflammation in joints and other tissues.  Adding flax oil to your daily diet can produce a reduction of pain and stiffness in the joints.

5. Olive oil

Olive oil has healthy monounsaturated fats that the body uses to produce anti-inflammatory agents. The natural agents can reduce symptoms of joint pain and arthritis. Olive oil has plenty of polyphenols, which have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties. Using olive oil in place of other oils or butter when cooking should be a lifelong practice for everyone who hopes to avoid joint conditions. ‘Extra virgin’ olive oil is the best option.

6. Soybeans

Yong He Beancurd 永和豆漿大王

Soy contains isoflavones, which are plant hormones that have anti-inflammatory properties. Soy comes in different forms including milk and powder, and it can be used to make different delicious dishes.  Those who do not like the taste of soy can try it in form of curries.

7. Ginger

This popular spice contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that relieve joint pain. It can be used in tea, or as a seasoning for food. Ginger is readily available in powder or paste form, but fresh ginger has better qualities. Spices that have ginger usually have very little of the ginger and it is better to buy pure ginger.

8. Yogurt

Half-Eaten Frozen Yogurt

Yogurt contains Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacterial that helps to prevent and cure arthritis. This good bacterium helps to prevent formation of bad bacteria like molds and yeast, from growing rapidly in the digestive system. The increase of bad bacteria in the digestive system causes rheumatoid arthritis among other health problems.

As you can see, it is important to eat a healthy diet in order to keep joint pain at bay. Also, nuts, seeds and other foods that contain Vitamin C such as papaya, oranges, guava, broccoli and pineapple, can help in joint pain relief. Drinking green tea every day is also very important. Mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory properties and adding them to your diet is beneficial. Since these foods help to maintain optimum health and prevent joint pain, you should start including them into your diet.