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Best Foods for Joint Health

By Sara Butler

It's the little things in life that make it great and a lot of the things you enjoy doing simply wouldn't be possible without the help of your joints. If you really think about, everything from cooking to walking around an amusement park, to gardening -- even hugs -- are possible only because of your joints. That means it's essential to your continued health and vitality to take care of your joints and one place you can have a big impact on joint health is your diet. Here are some foods that you should make sure to include in your balanced diet to help you and your joints thrive.

All About Joint Health

You know what your joints are: They're the places where two bones come together, such as your hips or your knees. They are designed to bear the weight of your body and help you move around. As you get older, wear and tear from years of movement and weight-bearing can start to take its toll, often manifesting as inflammation and pain, even degenerative disease, in your joints. That's why it's so important to care for your joints as you get older -- so you can keep on moving.

Best Foods for Joint Health

If you really want to help your joints stay healthy, then make sure to include these foods:

  • Fatty fish - You can reverse and prevent inflammation in your joints with omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in abundance in fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring.
  • Leafy greens - You can slow inflammation with the Vitamin K you get from plenty of leafy greens in your diet such as Swiss chard, watercress, and kale. They can help to support the health of the bone and cartilage in your joints too.
  • Fortified dairy - Fortified dairy, such as milk and yogurt, are full of Vitamin D and calcium, both of which are better absorbed by the body when combined with fat. If you can't drink milk or other dairy products, then consider fortified alternatives such as almond milk.
  • Brussels sprouts - If you have bad childhood memories because of Brussels sprouts, it's time to give them another try. They are full of an anti-inflammatory compound called sulforaphane that helps to suppress the breakdown of cartilage in your joints.

Your diet has a major impact on the health of your body as well as your joints, so do what you can to support them!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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