June 22, 2017 – Nutrition for Joint Health

Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA RD LD

What Foods to Eat and Avoid for Joint Health

If you suffer from joint discomfort in your knees, wrists or other parts of your body, you are by no means alone. Many people have dealt with discomfort in their joints, and it is so prevalent in part because it can be caused by such a wide range of factors. From repetitive use of a joint to hereditary dysfunctions, there are a lot of ways people find themselves in discomfort.

The good news about joint discomfort is that many people have found natural alleviation of discomfort simply by eating the right foods – and avoiding others. The best foods for joint discomfort are those that have natural anti-inflammatory properties and that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Foods That Help Fight Joint Discomfort

One common source of joint discomfort is inflammation, which can be caused by a variety of factors. As such, one can help reduce inflammation, stiffness and swelling associated with some sources of inflammation and joint discomfort by eating foods that are high in Omega-3 and Vitamin D. Popular sources of these nutrients include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, cod and herring, as well as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and canola oil.

Of course, there are other foods you can incorporate into your diet. The following foods can also help keep those joints and tendons discomfort-free and flexible:

  • Sweet peppers
  • Citrus fruits, kiwi, papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brazil nuts
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Cherries
  • Green tea
  • Ginger
  • Butternut squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapple

Foods to Avoid When You Have Joint Discomfort

In some cases, a person’s diet may be an instigating factor in their joint discomfort. This is due to certain foods having inflammatory properties, which can acerbate joint discomfort symptoms. So, if you are experiencing joint discomfort or are at risk of it, consider avoiding these types of foods:

  • Fried foods
  • Sugar
  • Grain-fed meats
  • Alcohol
  • Fast food
  • Flour-based products
  • Foods with trans-saturated fats
  • Soda

Supplements for Relieving or Preventing Joint Discomfort

In addition to eating foods known to promote joint health and avoiding those that can cause inflammation, many people decide to take supplements for joint pain for added support.

Emerald Joint Health

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein