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People who suffer from disorders which involve painful swelling of the joints should consume oily fish, e.g. salmon, mackerel, herring, trout and sardines. According to studies, mild relief for joint problems is gained from fish oils, which contain omega-3 fatty acids. These seem to reduce the potency of the inflammatory compounds released by the body.

Those suffering from gout should take fish oils as a supplement rather than eat fresh fish, which may cause a gradual build-up of uric acid. When the blood contains excessive amounts of uric acid, crystals can form in the joints of susceptible people.

Dangerous Deficiencies
Diets low in Antioxidants – particularly the trace mineral selenium, and vitamin A, C, and E – may predispose some people to joint problems.

Meals should therefore include a weekly portion of liver (but not during pregnancy) for its vitamin A, and plenty of carrots, mangoes, apricots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe melon. Red and yellow peppers, kiwi fruit, oranges, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are all rich sources of vitamin C, and avocados, nuts, sunflower seeds and olive oil are rich in vitamin E. Selenium is found in all fish, shellfish, meat, whole grains and cereals, eggs and brewer’s yeast.

A common cause of joint problems, particularly of the hips and knees, is excessive body weight, which can also add to the pain. As well as arthritis and gout, painful joints can be triggered by injury, overexertion and sometimes even infection.

Tension and Joints
When muscles attached to a painful or displaced joint go into spasm, they can prevent the joint returning to its rightful positions. Stress can further exacerbate the problem, freezing up the muscles. Massage can help to release the tension, correct posture also helps. Make sure your chair is properly adjusted at work and, if you sit at a computer all day, find out how best to position the keyboard, screen and desk from your health and safety advisor.

Joint Problems Tips:
  • Eat Plenty of
  • Oily fish and shellfish for essential fatty acids
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables for beta carotene and vitamin C
  • Avocados, nuts and sunflower seeds for vitamin E
  • Whole grain, cereals and eggs for selenium
Avoid
  • Saturated Fat
  • Obesity
 
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