You know what they say: An apple a day… And it’s true. Especially if you’re interested in superfoods that can improve your joint health. Apples contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants as well as boron and magnesium that are beneficial to the bones.
Improve the health of your joints and ligaments
Here’s a rundown on 5 superfoods that you’ll want to add to your diet that will improve the health of your joints and ligaments.
Our joints are enfolded in synovial fluid that decreases the friction between the cartilage and the other tissues, and it lubricates and offers support while the joints are moving. Knowing this, drinking water improves the synthesis of synovial fluid and promotes lubrication. Taking two liters of water daily will suffice to cover the needs of the whole body.
Onions, leeks, and garlic
The abovementioned vegetables and the others that are alike are abundant in sulfur, which is a mineral that is important for the formation of the collagen and other elements that make up the bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Asparagus and cabbage are also very rich in this amazing substance.
Sardines, mackerel, tuna, and salmons have omega -3 fatty acids that contain some powerful anti-inflammatory properties that impede the synthesis of inflammatory mediations. Omega-3 acids are also protecting the cell membrane from different effects of the oxidative processes that take place during exercise.
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Foods rich in vitamin C
Oranges, strawberries, kiwis, broccoli, parsley, and tomatoes will hamper the inflammation in our bodies together with the omega-3, and this vitamin is also in charge of the synthesis and the maintenance of cartilage and collagen in our joints.
Meats and derivatives
These improve the function of our joints while supplying the necessary amino acids for synthesis of the cartilage and by decreasing the time needed for recovery of the lesions. The contained iron and zinc in them are also needed for the healing of injuries, but however, high ingesting of meat is not recommended. Two to three servings of 100 grams of meat per week are sufficient
- Eat foods abundant in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and vitamin D
- Always control your weight to avoid overweight and obesity