10 Powerful Foods That Help With Joint Pain

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Joint pain is a condition that comes on with injury or disease; unfortunately, there’s no real cure and it gets worse with age. Rheumatoid arthritis is a leading cause of joint pain, and the medications prescribed to relieve the pain (corticosteroids) badly impact bone density and potassium levels, making patients susceptible to osteoporosis—so it’s important to eat foods rich in vitamin D and calcium. Another dietary challenge for people with arthritis is simply preparing healthy food—chopping vegetables and cooking them strains the wrist. But there are foods that help alleviate joint pain; foods that reduce inflammation decrease joint pain.

1. Olive oil

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Olive oil is a really healthy substance; it has heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and a compound called oleocanthal, which prevents inflammation. Inflammation is the immune system’s response to trouble; it manifests as redness, swelling, and pain. Oleocanthal blocks the same pain receptors as ibuprofen and aspirin (two major arthritis medications). Try cooking with extra virgin (first pressed) olive oil instead of butter or vegetable oil, or just drink a teaspoon a day. The more strong the olive tastes, the higher the amount of oleocanthal it contains.

2. Fish oil

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Fish oil is an omega-3 fatty acid; omega-3s increase mental acuity, and they soothe stiff joints too. The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) recommends fish oil supplements for treating painful joints. And fish oil also lowers the risk of heart disease; but please look for sustainably harvested fish oil—some fish species are rapidly declining to due over-fishing for their oils.

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