Top 12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Stop Joint Pain

(And 5 Foods That CAUSE IT!)

If you suffer from joint pain…

Then you might already know health experts say the single most important thing you can do to feel better…

…is to cool the fires of inflammation in your body.

Yet, what most people don’t know is the best place to start is NOT with NSAIDs, prescription painkillers, or surgery.

Harvard Health Publications LogoIn fact, researchers from Harvard Medical School say the best “tools” in the fight against inflammation and joint pain are NOT found in your medicine cabinet…

They’re found in your refrigerator.

Because your mother was right when she told you…

“You are what you eat.”

And scientists have pinpointed 12 most powerful anti-inflammatory foods that can bless your body with healthier, more flexible joints and LESS pain.

Many health experts even call them “Healing Foods.”

Simply because they are so effective at preventing — and even reversing — achy joints and arthritis.

Below, you’ll discover these 12 “miracle” health foods…

Plus, you’ll also discover five foods proven to ramp up the fires of inflammation…

That many Americans eat every single day.

(IMPORTANT: One of these inflammatory foods is actually a vegetable many folks think is healthy… but scientists say it’s “Public Enemy #1” for anyone with joint pain.)

But first, here are those…

12 Delicious “Healing Anti-Inflammatory Foods”

coconut oil #1: Coconut Oil – This oil from the fleshy fruit of the coconut has such amazing anti-inflammatory benefits that it has even been shown to stop the damage of arthritis.

(TIP: Sautee vegetables with it or even add a spoonful to your coffee for a morning treat. This is often called “Bulletproof Coffee.”)

#2 Bone Broth – This is my personal favorite because it has so many joint healing properties. Not only is it one of the best anti-inflammatories around, the collagen in bone broth helps rebuild your damaged joints to give them back that youthful feel. You can drink it on its own or use it in your other recipes to amp up their healing power.

sliced pineapple#3 Papaya, Figs Kiwi, and Pineapple – These fruits are great sources of proteolytic enzymes, which reduce swelling, eliminate fibrin deposits that cause pain and limit your joint motion, and help you feel better fast.

#4 Green Leafy Vegetables – These are rich in antioxidants like Vitamins A and C that stop free-radical damage, preventing premature joint aging.

#5 Beets – Another antioxidant powerhouse, beets help repair cell damage and as a bonus are chock-full of magnesium to help in the battle against pain.

#6 Grass-Fed Beef – With 2-3 times more anti-inflammatory Omega 3s than conventionally raised beef, grass-fed is the way to go to reduce inflammation in your joints and get rid of those aches and pains.

#7 Salmon – Like the grass-fed beef, wild salmon is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and lower your risk of arthritis.

blueberries#8 Blueberries – The “secret” anti-inflammatory in blueberries is quercetin. On top of being a potent antioxidant, quercetin reduces inflammation, boosts your immune system and even fights off viruses.

#9 Alfalfa – Its high chlorophyll content along with vitamins A, E and K make alfalfa a vital anti-inflammatory to add to your diet. Add alfalfa sprouts to your salads for a quick inflammation fighting lunch.

#10 Nuts – Walnuts and almonds are pack-full of Omega 3s. You can add them to your salads along with alfalfa or eat a handful for an easy snack.

#11 Ginger – This root has been used in Indian medicine for thousands of years. Ginger not only helps reduce immune system reactions that lead to inflammation, it also prevents cell damage. And, it makes an ideal seasoning because it’s so flexible — you can use it in anything from tea to ice cream.

mushrooms#12 Shiitake Mushrooms – These mushrooms reduce food allergies and sensitivities that increase inflammation while at the same time building your muscles and bones and improving the symptoms of arthritis. They can be baked, sautéed, or even eaten raw.

You can add in all of these foods to your diet or just a few.

The point is to be consistent.

The more often you eat foods that fight inflammation, the better your joints will feel!

But, now that you know what foods you should eat to stop the pain…

Aren’t there foods that could make your joints feel WORSE?

The answer is YES!

In fact, there are…

5 Foods That You Should Never, Ever Eat If You Want to Fight Inflammation and Beat Joint Pain for Good

These are the foods that do so much damage to your joints that they can cause a healthy, active, young person to develop arthritis — and one of them is even a vegetable!

Worst of all, they’re probably in your kitchen right now.

Check out the 5 WORST foods for arthritis and joint pain here.

 

References

Harvard Medical School. Foods that fight inflammation. Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 2015 Oct 26.

Filed Under: Healthy Eating
Written By: Updated:

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFTPain Relief Expert, Post Rehab Specialist.

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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2 thoughts on “Top 12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Stop Joint Pain”

  1. Attiya says:

    What a great article. Good to see Salmon in this list as I eat it a lot. I know the arthritis problem as my mother has for several years. Sometimes it is difficult for her to walk. It is great to see papaya and blueberries in this list. I will buy these everyday for her. One of my friends has recently suggested to buy dietary supplement for her.

  2. margaret king says:

    yes these foods stop the pain of arthritis. you left out turmeric. it is so good for inflamatories.

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