Keep Your Joints Healthy

You Should Be Eating These Foods

We eat well for a variety of reasons; to maintain a healthy weight, feel energetic and give our bodies the strength to get us through each day. What we put in our bodies does, for better or for worse, have a direct effect on our health. Eating the foods below won’t necessarily prevent arthritis, or mend a broken bone, but they can help ease and promote joint comfort.

Fish

fishFish high in Omega-3 fatty acids help fight inflammation. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and herring are all part of this group. Doctors recommend eating at least three to four ounces of fish a couple of times a week.

Berries

Berries contain anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that fight inflammation. They’re also a good source of ellagic acid, another antioxidant that decreases cell damage.

Orange

Orange veggies are filled with vitamin A and beta-carotene, both strong inflammation fighters. Another perk? Orange vegetables are rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, which may ward off rheumatoid arthritis.

Dairy Products

Low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese are full of calcium and vitamin D, both found to increase bone strength. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption and has been shown to boost the immune system. Lactose intolerant? Leafy green vegetables are also full of calcium and vitamin D.

Soybeans

Image of Soy BeanIn the form of edamame or tofu, soy is full of omega-3s. It’s also high in protein and fiber, and low in fat.

Broccoli

Mom was right, you should eat your broccoli. Not only does it have vitamins K and C, it also contains a compound called sulforaphane, which could help prevent or slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Broccoli also contains calcium.

Keep your eye out for foods that are full of fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamin C (citrus, tomatoes, red peppers and asparagus), vitamin E (avocados, whole-grain bread, and natural peanut butter) and selenium (salmon, oatmeal and brown rice). A well-balanced diet will help put you on the path to healthy joints for a lifetime.

Whether you have chronic hip, knee, or shoulder pain, arthritis, or an injury, Lakeland Health offers advanced, high-quality orthopedic and sports medicine services. Using innovative technologies and minimally invasive procedures, our comprehensive treatment may help you return to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible. Visit www.lakelandhealth.org/ortho to learn more.

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