They say you are what you eat and if you are living with pain you might not necessarily think about reaching for food to help ward off the pain but some superfoods are known to do just that. Furthermore, experts say, eating an anti-inflammatory diet will help your joints. Here are seven foods to include in your diet, according to WedMD.
Cherries get their crimson color from natural plant chemicals called anthocyanins. Several studies have shown that fresh cherries and tart cherry juice may curb inflammation. A few studies have also linked fresh cherries to fewer flare-ups of gout.
2. Red Peppers
Red peppers are brimming with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, which is part of your cartilage, tendons, and ligaments that cushion your joints and hold them together.
Other foods to try: Citrus fruits (such as grapefruit and oranges), tomatoes, and pineapple
3. Canned Salmon
Salmon might not be the first food you think of for stronger bones, but canned salmon with bones in particular is a good one to consider.
It's got calcium and vitamin D to help keep your bones strong. Salmon is also loaded with omega-3s, which help curb inflammation.
Whole grains like oatmeal are linked to lower levels of inflammation. Refined grains, such as white flour, have the opposite effect.
Other foods to try: Quinoa, brown rice, and barley
Turmeric is a staple in Indian food. It's rich in a chemical called curcumin. One study found that a curcumin extract worked as well as ibuprofen at easing knee aches and pains.
If you’re not used to using turmeric directly, use curry powder; turmeric is what gives the characteristic orange color.
When it comes to your health no single food will ever be the cure-all for certain aliments but coupled with healthy exercise habits, these foods have been shown to have a significant impact. At Advanced Physical Medicine, our experienced physicians are here to help you live a pain-free life. Contact us today to learn more about our services.