Joints are responsible for the mobility of the body. To protect these joints, it is necessary to have a good hydration and a balanced diet, rich in omega 3 (anti-inflammatory), plants and turmeric. Here are several foods to add to your meals that will help you prevent inflammation and joint pain.
1. FOODS CONTAINING SULFUR
Sulfur is a very abundant mineral in the body. Half of the sulfur present is found in the muscles, skin and bones. When you get old, soft tissues of the body lose their elasticity inducing the appearance of muscular and joint stiffness. Sulfur participates in the repair of bones, cartilage and connective tissue.
Here are some examples of foods high in sulfur:
2. COLD WATER FISH
Salmon, herring, tuna, and mackerel contain many omega-3. These polyunsaturated fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and joint pain.
3. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. These are also powerful antioxidants. When the joints are painful, the oxidative stress increases and accelerates the degradation of the cartilage. The antioxidants contained in brightly colored fruits and vegetables help to combat this oxidative stress.
Feel free to introduce oranges, cherries, blueberries, mangoes in your diet.
In addition, overweight causes excessive pressure on the joints, which helps to accelerate cartilage degradation. The fibers, contained in plants, are very useful for preventing weight gain. Indeed, they decrease the absorption of cholesterol, fats and carbohydrates in the body and cause a feeling of fullness more important.
4. NUTS AND SEEDS
Nuts and seeds (almonds, flax seeds, etc.) contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3. These fatty acids help protect against inflammation.
Add flax seeds to your dishes for more omega 3, fiber and protein or eat a handful of nuts, almonds, pistachios as snacks.
Turmeric is a spice with many benefits. Its active principle, curcumin, is a yellow pigment with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Add a pinch of turmeric to your dishes every day that will add some taste and protect your joints.
Article written by Amelie Vincent, dietitian.