What you eat can help keep your joints and the bones that support them strong.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet will help your joints, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook.
“We want to go toward more natural, closer to the earth, and less-processed foods, while avoiding fried and processed foods, trans fats, and charred meat,” which increase inflammation, Clark says.
Of course, no single food is a cure-all for supporting joint health. Exercising, eating a well- balanced diet, and generally taking care of yourself are all keys in keeping your joints moving freely. Here are seven foods to include in your diet.
Cherries get their crimson color from natural plant chemicals called anthocyanins. Several studies have shown that fresh cherries and tart cherry juice may curb inflammation. A few studies have also linked fresh cherries to fewer flare-ups of gout.
Other foods to try : It’s the color that counts. Other richly colored fruits (such as blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranates) could also deliver similar effects.
2. Red Peppers
Other foods to try: Citrus fruits (such as grapefruit and oranges), tomatoes, and pineapple
3. Canned Salmon
Salmon might not be the first food you think of for stronger bones, but Clark says canned salmon with bones in particular is a good one to consider.
Clark recommends making salmon patties from canned salmon.
Another bonus: “When you eat salmon, you’re not eating barbecued spareribs -- the kind of foods that create the joint problems.”