One of the most severe conditions that produce joint pain is arthritis. Arthritis is also closely related to neuropathy since the nerves that run through joints are often pressured by the joints as they swell from arthritis. The pain associated with arthritis is caused by inflammation. Fortunately, there are many foods available that can help reduce inflammation and, ultimately, reduce arthritis discomfort.
Fruits and vegetables are excellent choices to help reduce inflammation. Healthy eating may also contribute to weight control. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies have shown that every pound that a person loses will reduce four pounds of weight off a person’s knees (cdc.gov, 2016). Weight may also contribute to neuropathic symptoms. While reduction of weight can be an effective way to combat joint pain, some foods may also be good tools.
Don’t let joint pain take you away from enjoying your day. Call Prairie Star Functional Health Center at (913) 562-6100 to schedule an appointment today. We are more than happy to help you find relief from your joint discomfort.
Below is a list of healthy foods that are great for relieving joint discomfort.
- Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Cabbage
These types of vegetables are jammed with a compound called sulforaphane, which helps reduce damage to cartilage caused by osteoarthritis.
- Fatty Fish
Fatty Fish has been commonly known by physicians to help fight inflammation. Fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel are full of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Garlic, Onions, and Leeks
These vegetables are part of the allium family, and they contain a compound called diallyl disulfide, which helps fight arthritis by providing arthritis-fighting enzymes.
- Tart Cherries
Cherries are wonderful treats. They contain anthocyanin, which is a compound that gives them their red color and helps fight joint discomfort and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.
Although Turmeric is not a food, this spice has been frequently researched as an inflammation fighter. It contains a compound called curcumin that contributes to the combat of chronic inflammation in joint diseases.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants has been known to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Foods that contain vitamin C include Strawberries, Kiwis, and Pineapple.
If you are suffering from joint discomfort, be sure to call our Shawnee office to schedule an examination for treatment. At Prairie Star Functional Health Center, our treatments focus on the well-being of our patients and we aim for patients to leave our office pain free and ready to enjoy life once again. Call Prairie Star Functional Health Center at (913) 562-6100 to schedule an appointment today.