butternut-squash-for-arthritisSince it is fall, you may notice that butternut squash is in wide abundance at your grocery store. If you are trying to figure out what to make for dinner, you should pick up a butternut squash, especially if you are looking for food that is good for the health of your joints.

Butternut squash has more Vitamin A than all other squash, even pumpkin. For this reason, if you have arthritis or have suffered a recent joint injury, it would be a great food to include in your diet because Vitamin A plays an important role in stimulating the growth of cell structures throughout the body. Studies have also shown that vitamin A can assist with the production of cartilage.

When most people think of Vitamin A, they most likely think of the benefits that it has for their vision. But, the body uses Vitamin A for so much more, including the health of your cartilage.

This isn’t the only nutritious element of butternut squash; it also contains ample amounts of Vitamin C, Potassium, B vitamins, iron, zinc, copper, and calcium. All of these vitamins and minerals help improve the health of muscles, bones, and cartilage, as well as healthy nerve and immune functioning.

Since it is a member of the winter-squash family, you can find this wonderful vegetable readily available at your market from September until December.

It is a fairly simple to cook. You can roast it, bake it, or add peeled and chopped chunks into pastas, soups, or stews. Don’t let these few suggestions stop you from looking around because there are so many other ways to serve this amazing vegetable.

If you love experimenting with new recipes then you should find an multitude of recipes available to you either online or in a cookbook!

However, if you like to keep things simple in the kitchen, here are some quick and easy preparation tips:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half, lengthwise
  3. Remove the seeds
  4. Place the halves on a baking sheet with the cut side facing up
  5. Rub Olive Oil over the flesh (or add 1 tsp. Of butter in the middle)
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Some people like to sprinkle brown sugar over each squash.
  7. Roast in the oven for 45-60 minutes. Check with a fork to make sure the flesh is tender and cooked.
  8. To serve and enjoy, scoop out the desired amount of cooked squash!

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