Did you know your diet can actually impact the level of inflammation in your joints? If that seems too good to be true, keep reading on and see if you’re eating enough of these foods. While it may not be enough to completely cure inflammation, these foods are healthy so we don’t see the harm in trying to incorporate as many as you can.
- Good oils
Healthy, good oils top the list. Examples include olive oil, which is high in oleic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that reduces inflammation. Other notable oils are grapeseed and avocado oils. Speaking of omega-3 fatty acids, try to eat more fish as well particularly salmon, snapper, tuna, halibut, cod, and bass. If you’re not into fish, opt for grass-fed beef, it tends to be higher in omegas.
Nuts can be a great snack in between meals that also help with inflammation. We recommend almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts. Nuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Fruit seems like a no-brainer, it’s healthy and easily accessible. Some fruits that aid in preventing inflammation include:
These fruits are high in antioxidants which help your body fight off free radicals that may cause cellular damage.
Garlic doesn’t just add flavor to dishes, it can help you avoid inflammation as well according to this study.
Combined with the garlic above, now you’re cooking. Some herbs in particular that are useful in fighting inflammation are basil, thyme, oregano, and even mint.
Hallelujah! Chocolate still makes the list. However, the chocolate we’re talking about is at least 70% pure cocoa, which may be a little more bitter than you’re used to. If you can’t quite get used to that, don’t worry you can still have dessert. Try some of the fruit or nuts listed above to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Beans are an excellent source of protein if you’re trying to cut back on meat or are perhaps vegetarian or vegan. In addition to being packed with protein and an inflammation-fighter, they also are full of these minerals and nutrients:
- Folic acid
We hope you’ve seen some foods on this list that you like or at least are open to eating more of. Of course, this may not be a cure for your inflamed joints, so if you’re still having issues or would like to discuss therapy or treatment options, give us a call at (219) 795-3360.