Osteoarthritis is actually the most common chronic joint problem, caused in part by wear and tear that reduces joint cushioning and cartilage, leading to pain and stiffness. It affects roughly 15-million Americans.
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While there are medications and other treatments as well as lifestyle changes to address the symptoms, there are also dietary changes that can make a difference. Here are six foods recommended for osteoarthritis patients that have been shown to reduce the related inflammation…
Fish and fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which Arthritis.org says are powerful inflammation fighters. “Omega-3s interfere with immune cells called leukocytes and enzymes known as cytokines, which are both key players in the body’s inflammatory response,” notes the source.
Meanwhile, the best fish for Omega-3 acids according to the source are Atlantic mackerel, lake trout, salmon, herring, sardines, and Albacore tuna. These choices are also relatively low in mercury, it adds. You could also turn to Omega-3 supplements, although the source says your body may not absorb these acids from pills as well as it would directly from the source.