5 Foods to Help Sore Joints

The polyphenols found in olive oil can help reduce joint inflammation and pain. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Sore joints? Arthritis pain? Add these five foods to your diet for natural relief (via RealAge.com).

  1. Strawberries are full of vitamin C, which may slow the progression of osteoarthritis and the accompanying cartilage loss. Oranges, peaches and red bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C.
  2. Olive oil. Your joints may love olive oil just as much as The Wizard of Oz‘s Tin Man. Olive oil contains polyphenols which can reduce inflammation in the body, thereby reducing pain.
  3. Salmon is rich in both vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which have soothing properties for joints. If, like many adults, you are deficient in vitamin D, increasing your intake could help reduce pain related to osteoarthitis. Like olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory qualities.
  4. Green tea‘s antioxidants, called catechins, can reduce inflammation and delay cartilage damage in people with arthritis.
  5. Leafy greens. Eating plenty of plant-based foods is ideal for maintaining healthy joints. Leafy greens are rich in vitamin K, which may help prevent osteoarthritis, and eating a Mediterranean-style diet that emphasizes fruit, nuts, and veggies may reduce inflammation.
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