Foods that Help Fight Osteoarthritis

Omega 3s can ease osteoarthritis painDid you know that there are some foods out there that can help with inflammation and also slow down cartilage deterioration caused by osteoarthritis? Since it can be a monotonous task to compile all of the information about which food works best, we have compiled a list of some of the more credible foods for you:

  • First off, vegetables are on everyone's list of healthy foods, but there are some specific vegetables that contain sulforaphane, which helps slow down the cartilage damage in joints. They include: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, kale, turnips, and radishes are known to contain higher levels of sulforaphane.
  • Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids battle inflammation, as well as improve the health of your heart. If you don’t care for fish, there are also omega-3 supplements that can be taken orally.
  • Garlic is another food that can help stop cartilage damage. Garlic contains diallyl disulfide which has been known to thwart a variety of diseases, including osteoarthritis. Diallyl disulfide is known to be able to stop cartilage-damaging enzymes.
  • Turmeric is a spice that is known to fight inflammation. Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that reduces inflammation and is known to alleviate the pain for osteoarthritis sufferers. In India, they have been using turmeric for centuries to fight inflammation and it is found in many Indian cuisines, like curry.

If you have certain dietary restrictions, or if you’re thinking about eating specific foods to help fight osteoarthritis, it is advisable to talk to your physician before any sudden or major change in diet. 
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