Joint, back and neck pain caused by arthritis is a very common complaint, with over 3.85 million Australians seeking treatment in 2014. While nothing can complete with visiting a medical professional such as a chiropractor, there are small changes you can make to your lifestyle to help relieve the aches associated with joint pain. While there is no diet which can cure joint and back pain, studies have shown that eating certain foods can help to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system while also strengthening your bones. Below we look at 5 foods which can help you to combat join pain with every meal.
A Fishy for your Dishy
Fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, rainbow trout, herring and tuna are all loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 acids have been shown to help reduce inflammation by limiting the production of enzymes which erode cartilage. Study participants reported, less fatigue, less overall pain, less joint stiffness, a reduction in joint swelling and tenderness. The National Health and Medical Research Council have recommended that Australians eat more fish.
Opt for some Oil
Oils are packed with biologically active compounds which have been linked to helping to reducing the damage to joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal, which has been found to have similar properties to anti-inflammatory drugs which are used to treat joint pain. Walnut oil contains high levels of omega-3 acids, which can also help to combat inflammation of the joints.
Eat Berries to Beat Back (and Joint) Pain
Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and elderberries are all rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have powerful antioxidant properties which can help to reduce inflammation of the joints.
Ginger for Your Joints
Ginger contains the phytonutrients gingerol and shogaol and has been used medicinally for thousands of years. A study in the Journal of Pain reported that ginger help to block inflammation pathways within the body, reducing inflammation of the joints. Ginger can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes, making it a versatile weapon in the fight against joint pain.
By making a few simple changes to your diet, you can make the world of difference to your joint or back pain and improve you over all health. However, you should if you are experiencing discomfort due to neck, joint or back pain, you should also seek advice from a qualified medical professional for advice and treatment.