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    5. Get Enough Vitamin C

    A key element for joint health, vitamin C helps build collagen and connective tissue. Eating foods rich in vitamin C is a great way to add this nutrient to your diet. Citrus fruits, red peppers, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, and kale are all good sources. Aim for the recommended daily amount of 75 mg a day for women or 90 mg a day for men.

    6. Watch High Cooking Temperatures

    Meat cooked at high temperatures produce compounds that can cause inflammation in the body. These compounds are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are associated with diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. Although AGEs are found naturally in our bodies, eating foods high in AGEs can increase these levels. You can reduce your levels of AGEs by cutting back on grilled, fried, broiled, and microwaved meats. It’s also helpful to limit processed foods, as they are often cooked at high temperatures.

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    Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on April 02, 2014
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