The fall months can come with lots of activity: hikes among the colorful leaves and time with family and friends. In order to enjoy fall to the fullest, it is essential for arthritis patients to do everything possible to avoid flare-ups and limit inflammation. Diet and nutrition are vital components in relieving arthritis symptoms. Here are a few foods that are good for your joints:
Cheese and Crackers: Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, which is key to maximizing bone and joint health. Calcium also reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Pairing a variety of cheeses with whole grain crackers increases the benefits for fighting inflammation.
Fruits and Veggies: Fruits are full of antioxidants, and citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C. Blueberries, cherries, and blackberries are great choices. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and kale are also full of antioxidants.
Fish: Fish that are high in Omega-3s lower inflammation. Choose salmon, tuna, and sardines when available.
Nuts: Nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, and almonds have Vitamin E and inflammation-fighting mono-saturated fats.
Beans: Beans are high in fiber and antioxidants, and they help reduce inflammation. Choose kidney beans, small red beans, and pinto beans for the most benefits.
Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a heart-healthy fat. It has oleocanthal, a property similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Garlic: Garlic contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that relieve some arthritic pain. It also has immune-boosting properties.
These are just a few tasty foods that can boost your immune system and help with arthritic inflammation. As the leaves begin to change, the weather cools, and you start making holiday plans, research recipes that incorporate these foods, and proactively treat your arthritis.
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