Recently, a reader emailed to ask me about foods that might help his arthritis pain. Now, I’m not a doctor, and I strongly suggest that those of you suffering from arthritis pain speak with your doctor, but there are some foods out there that, based upon their makeup, can help ease some of the pain in your joints.
First of all, Omega-3 fatty acids help arthritis pain because they decrease the production of the chemical that causes inflammation in your joints. In fact, they may even prohibit it. Omega-3s can be found in fatty fish like salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds1.
Extra virgin olive oil can also help relieve the inflammation in your joints, and alleviate the pain. It too, blocks enzymes that cause that inflammation. Olive oil can be used in place of other oils, on salads and on bread1.
Finally, antioxidants can help fight the free radicals in your body that cause the inflammation in your joints, too. It is important to take in the right antioxidants, though. Vitamin C, selenium, and carotenes are best. It is best to get these antioxidants from your diet. Add foods like oranges, peppers, cauliflower, kiwi, broccoli, Brazil nuts, whole wheat pasta, lean beef, shrimp, whole grains, sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and spinach (just to name a few-there are many more healthy foods out there that contain these important antioxidants, and I’m sure there are at least a few that you like!)2.
So, those of you who suffer from arthritis pain of any kind try adding these foods to your diet today and see if you notice the change.
1) Foltz-Gray, D. (2010). Fight Arthritis: 10 Foods that Help and Hurt. Retrieved from http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Conditions/Arthritis/
2) Bauer, Joy. (2010). Fight arthritis with these foods. Retrieved from http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21246089/ns/today-today_health/