Arthritis pain is never pleasant. While the kitchen may not be the first place you think of to fight arthritis symptoms, an anti-inflammatory diet may help keep pain and swelling under control. Studies have found that certain foods and seasonings can lower the number of inflammatory compounds in the body, so why not considering adding them to your diet!
From breakfast to dinner, we offer these recipes to help ease arthritis pain. And they can boost energy and help you maintain a healthy weight, as well. The best part? They are delicious, too!
Cherry mango smoothie
Just in time for the hot summer months, this anti-inflammatory smoothie uses fresh cherries. Cherries contain high levels of polyphenols and vitamin C, which both have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties can help fight arthritis pain as well as post-exercise soreness. Cherries also contain melatonin to promote a restful night’s sleep.
Try this smoothie for a fresh and anti-inflammatory start to your day.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Most people know that eating fish containing omega-3s is good for your heart. Did you know it’s also useful in reducing inflammation? The best sources of omega-3s are fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines.
Omega-3s fight inflammation by interfering with enzymes called cytokines and immune cells called leukocytes, two critical components of the body’s inflammatory response. These omega-3s shut down inflammation on a cellular level even before it begins. This helps reduce your risk for developing arthritis and help combat joint pain and swelling for those who have the condition.
We love this Mediterranean tuna salad that’s packed with omega-3s to keep you feeling your best.
Turmeric Chicken & Quinoa
The deep marigold root known as turmeric is one of the best spices to use when battling arthritis, as it is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that consuming 500 mg of turmeric every day is effective against osteoarthritis, especially in the knee.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has also been shown to help treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and stomach ulcers.
This dish uses turmeric and quinoa, another superfood, to deliver a tasty, healthy and anti-inflammatory meal.
Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas
Yes! You can have dessert! As long as you don’t overindulge, many sweet treats help fight inflammation when consumed in moderation. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder contain antioxidants and flavanols that can help reduce inflammation.
You can also treat yourself to a little red wine with dessert, as red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that is proven to reduce inflammation. Just remember to never drink too much, as excessive alcohol can also cause inflammation.
Satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping inflammation in check with these chocolate-dipped frozen bananas.
Making small yet meaningful changes to your diet can help reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. We hope you enjoy these recipes that are favorites among our team. If you found these ideas helpful, then check out our favorite beverages to relieve arthritis pain!