ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Do you have painful, stiff joints? Are you blaming it on the weather? It could be what you're eating.
Dr. Rick Lehmanm, Orthopedic Surgeon with the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, gives us some suggestions to add to your diet.
8 Foods That Relieve Joint Pain
Certain types of fish are rich in oils called omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats block inflammation and help relieve the morning stiffness and joint tenderness associated with arthritis.
Cherries get their vibrant red color from anthocyanin compounds. These potent antioxidants can reduce inflammation.
To avoid aching joints, choose quinoa and other gluten-free grains such as amaranth, rice, and millet.
4. Olive Oil
A staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil contains a substance called oleocanthal. Just like the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen, oleocanthal blocks COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that trigger inflammation.
This golden yellow Indian spice has a slightly bitter taste. It's an important ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Turmeric contains the compound curcumin, which has been shown in animal studies to protect joints from inflammation.
6. Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins. Laboratory studies show that one of these substances, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), can protect joints from the type of cartilage damage that occurs in osteoarthritis.
Sulforaphane is a strong sulfur-containing antioxidant found in broccoli and other vegetables in the cabbage family. Sulforaphane suppresses cytokines, substances that ramp up inflammation. Animal studies have shown that sulforaphane can lessen joint inflammation and decrease the severity of arthritis.
8. Whole Grains
Whole grains—such as whole wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice—might help keep your joints healthy by reducing inflammation. In a study of overweight adults, those who switched from refined grains to whole grains for 12 weeks had much lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation.
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