An anti-inflammatory diet can be flavorful and heart-healthy. It can also reduce the symptoms of arthritis, including pain.
Foods That Help with Arthritis Pain
Fight the pain and inflammation of arthritis by adding these foods to your diet.
Herbs and Spices
Using herbs and spices to flavor your dishes helps limit inflammation because you can reduce the amount of salt and sugar in recipes. An added bonus: Many spices contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Try some of these in your next recipe:
Nuts and Seeds
Most nuts and seeds are full of anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fats. Experts recommend consuming at least 1.5 ounces, or about one handful, of nuts or seeds daily. Some of the best varieties include:
- Hemp seeds
- Flax seeds
- Pine nuts
Fish and Seafood
Fish is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. But many Americans eat mostly red meat and poultry instead of fish. This can cause a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids.
Not a fish fan? Ask your doctor about taking fish oil supplements to reduce inflammation and stiffness. These kinds of fish can help with arthritis pain:
- Wild Alaskan salmon
- Alaskan black cod
Try these grilled fish kebabs with salmon for a tasty, creative fish dinner.
Not a fish fan? Ask your doctor about taking fish oil supplements to reduce inflammation and stiffness.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are rich in fiber. These little guys have been shown to lower one of the body’s main inflammatory markers, CRP. They also provide the body with a healthy source of protein that’s low in fat. Eating fiber-rich foods include:
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- Red beans
- Kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Garbanzo beans
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, which help stabilize cell-damaging and inflammation-producing free radicals. Variety is key when it comes to fruits and vegetables to help with arthritis pain. Remember, the more colors and servings, the better!
Unlike refined grain products, whole grain products are made with the individual grains intact. This causing digestion to take longer and reducing large spikes of glucose in the bloodstream. Therefore, whole grain products will help you reduce the amount of inflammation-causing refined carbohydrates in your diet.
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