We all know that what we put into our body has a big effect on our health. But, when it comes to nutrition, our joint health isn’t what we usually think of. We’re here to change that.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of calcium for bone health, but we thought we’d take a look at the other nutrients you need to keep limber, and, more importantly, where you can find them.
Healthy fats for healthy joints
You’ll no doubt have heard of the many benefits that omega 3s offer. The main types, EPA and DHA, have incredible anti-inflammatory properties so if you’re a sufferer of arthritis, a daily dose of these healthy fats could keep swelling and pain to a minimum.
Find your friendly fats…
Omega 3 can be found in oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon and tuna. If you’re not a fish-lover, though, your best bet is to snack on the next best thing, nuts. Walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews and brazil nuts are all rich in ALA, another friendly fat.
Give your body a collagen boost
Vitamin C is the body’s best immune-booster and it’s also pretty central when it comes to collagen production. Collagen’s not just good for your skin, though. It’s also important in keeping connective tissues, ligaments and joints themselves working properly and pain-free.
Get your five-a-day…
This is where your five-a-day is really important. Make sure you’re getting a daily dose of dark, leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli and peas. There’s much to be said for eating your greens! If you’re not a veggie person, good old oranges are also a good source of vitamin C.