- Jan 25, 2021
- 2 minutes
Apples and avocados for inflammation
I hear more and more people talking about their arthritis these days. Sore hands, feet, and elbows are now commonplace in our society. Most put it down to bad luck or genetics, maybe even an activity they are doing.
What most don’t know is that your heart and many other organs rely on good nutrition to function well. Ever hear the hype around anti-oxidants? Well, they are key to joint health; when you eat fruit and vegetables, they provide your body with antioxidants that slow the breakdown of cartilage and naturally protect your joints. Here are some of the best anti-Inflammatory foods.
Avocados - They are not only amazingly tasty but are packed with essential oils, fatty acids ad Vitamin E which all help with the repair of cartilage and tendons helping fight inflammation.
Chilies - Capsaicin is a potent part of the chili which blocks feelings of pain in the body's tissue as well as releasing endorphins which act as your body's own pain killer.
Macadamia Nuts - The king of nuts, and the richest in monounsaturated fats. Also packed with Vitamin E and selenium which promote healthy healing.
Red Wine - A glass or two with your steak can give a load of benefits including polyphenols that reduce inflammation in joints. You can also find polyphenols in Green Tea.
Walnuts - Another great nut and the richest in Omega-3 fatty acids which are great at reducing inflammation throughout the body. Make sure you keep taking your fish oil though!
Dark Green Vegetables - Should already be essential in everyone's diet. Research shows, again and again, the huge role these play in reducing inflammation and reducing oxidative damage. Eat your Broccoli, Spinach and Cabbage.
Apples - the Red Delicious variety is shown to be the variable containing the most anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants.
Oily Fish - Salmon, Mackerel, and Herring are probably the best ant-inflationary of all time. Omega-3 fatty acids are pretty much the best thing for your joints and mind!
One other thing to take note of is the nightshade family of foods. These include potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and aubergines. Some people are very sensitive to these and have been shown to cause inflammation in some people.
As well as this processed vegetable oils can have a nasty effect on joints. This is thanks to their high content of Omega 6 fatty acids which promote inflammation and take our fat balance further out of whack. Try to monitor food packaging to see whether or not any hydrogenated oils are sneaking their way into your diet. If you stick to minimally processed foods then this should not be a problem.
It's important to get to the root of the problem if you are suffering from any inflamed joints and before taking medication or doing physiotherapy I would suggest you try and make some alterations to your diet by eating more anti-inflammatory foods and reducing your intake of Vegetable Oils and Nightshades.
Try it for a few weeks and watch your inflammation ease.