Love is the air this Valentine’s Day! To spread the love we have prepared a list of foods that may help to make your painful joints love you in return.
There are over 300 joints in the human body and nutrition plays a key part in reducing the painful symptoms that can arise from arthritic conditions. Even if you have healthy joints, good nutrition can help maintain your joint health.
With the correct knowledge of the most effective food sources, you can give your joints the nourishment they need to reduce inflammation and remain supple.
If you are planning a romantic meal, you could try to include some of these foods on Valentine’s day and also try to increase consumption of these foods in your day to day diet.
5 foods to love your joints with:
Salmon is widely renowned for its excellent nutritional profile which includes the heart healthy omega 3 compounds from polyunsaturated fat. Consumption of omega 3 fatty acids have been linked with a reduction in joint inflammation. Try to consume wild caught salmon if possible.
This spice packs a punch in flavour but also in health benefits as well. Ginger provides anti inflammatory effects on the body, as well as a host of other benefits that make this spice a food not ot be overlooked. Due to it’s strong taste, you can try finely slicing fresh ginger and adding it to your meals to reduce the potency of it’s flavour.
There aren’t many top food lists that don’t include broccoli and not surprisingly broccoli has been thought to be a key player in maintaining healthy joints. It has a high concentration of antioxidants which are thought to be able to block the trigger of joint inflammation. Steam your broccoli to retain the maximum nutrients and to make the florets deliciously tender.
Your romantic Valentine’s dinner may already include some red wine and fortunately red wine could have beneficial effects for sufferes of arthritis, in moderation of course. Red wine features polyphenols which are a type of antioxidant that may help to reduce inflammation in the joints for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
Another food high in omega 3 fatty acids, walnuts when consumed regularly, have been linked to a reduction in inflammation. Just a handful of nuts a day offers a plethora of health benefits and minerals that will benefit both your health and joints. Walnuts have been found to have higher levels of omega 3 than other nuts. Nuts are calorie dense and although they have high levels of healthy fats, are best eaten in small quantities.