If you’ve been wondering what types of foods support robust joints, several of them are probably right in your fridge or pantry. Here’s a closer look at superfoods that help improve joint health.
For years people have said, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ This statement is right on point as apples contain antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties as well as magnesium and boron which promote strong bones. Interestingly, the body cannot properly absorb or use calcium without magnesium, and low magnesium levels lead to weak joints as well as brittle bones. This means that if you’re not eating proper sources of magnesium daily, your efforts to maintain healthy calcium levels may not lead to actual joint improvement.
Dark Leafy Vegetables
Broccoli, parsley, spinach, and spring greens all contain antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients target free radical toxins that can damage joint tissue. In addition, these antioxidant-rich vegetables even slow the rate of cartilage breakdown that is linked to age or an injury.
Avocado is described as a super fruit because it contains vitamin E, essential fatty acids, antioxidant oils, and several other nutrients that promote strong cartilage tissue. Accordingly, avocados are especially beneficial for people who are experiencing joint stiffness or discomfort.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic is well-known for its anti-inflammatory activity and it actually contains an active compound called allicin that directly targets reduced joint mobility by slowing the breakdown of joint cartilage. Onions are an excellent source of quercetin, which is a potent antioxidant that targets harmful particles that are linked to unhealthy inflammatory responses.
Adding these types of foods to your spring meal plans is quite easy as you may already eat most of these superfoods on a regular basis. Don’t forget to add a potent supplement with protein, chondroitin, and glucosamine to your diet for added joint support.
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