Dietary Changes for Joint Pain Relief


Joint pain affects approximately 30% of American adults, and it is a common U.S. health problem. The most common joint pain issues involve the shoulders, knees, knuckles, and hips. In some cases, making dietary changes can be helpful in treating this pain, and the addition and removal of certain foods from your diet provide you with instant relief. However, it is important to consult with your physician before making any major lifestyle or dietary changes.

Dietary Considerations for Joint Pain

In order to establish a treatment plan for joint pain, dietary changes can be useful. Joseph E. Pizzomo, a naturopathic physician, states that certain joint pain types can respond to eliminating processed, concentrated, and simple carbohydrates from the diet. The elimination of nightshade food (such as peppers, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatoes) can also be helpful, and helpful foods to include in your diet can include berries as they are high in flavonoids. Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and fiber are also important to add to the diet.

Blueberries are also one of the top foods used for joint pain treatment. They are high in antioxidants, specifically bioflavonoids known as anthocyanidins and quercetin. These antioxidants can help relieve and prevent joint pain, and they can also be helpful in slowing down progressive conditions that cause this pain, including arthritis. Blueberries are also helpful in the improvement of brain health and bowel function.

Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids are also important when relieving joint pain. These acids are effective in the reduction of swelling and pain. A variety of foods are rich in these fatty acids, including oily cold-water fish, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Other healthy oils (including rice bran oil, grape seed oil, and walnut oil) can also be used to combat joint pain.

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