Joints are comprised of a combination of bone, cartilage, ligaments, and muscle. Diet plays an important role in joint and bone health. Without the right nutrients, joints and their connective tissues will begin to break down, leading to pain, stiffness, and brittleness.
Your joint-healthy diet should be rich in vitamin D and calcium. You can get your daily fix of both by taking a combined supplement or by checking your food items to see if they are fortified.
The Importance of Calcium
Calcium is an essential mineral when it comes to bone health, as well as for healthy teeth and proper nerve, muscle, and heart functions. Good dietary sources of calcium include dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and low-fat milk, cruciferous vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, broccoli and bok choy, and foods fortified with calcium, such as breakfast cereal, bread, orange juice, tofu, soy products, and almonds.
The Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is crucial for bone health because it helps your body absorb calcium. Although exposure to sunlight helps your body produce this vitamin, many people, particularly older ones, do not get enough vitamin D this way. Therefore, adding vitamin D rich food to your diet or taking a daily supplement can help. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include eggs, liver, sardines, herring, salmon, tuna, fortified milk, and mackerel.
There are other nutrients that are valuable for maintaining good bone health. These include:
Boron: This mineral helps your body absorb calcium. Natural sources include peanut butter, nuts, avocado, and prune juice.
Copper: Helps certain enzymes strengthen bones. Natural sources include wheat bran, nuts, cereals, organ meats, seeds, and cocoa.
Iron: Helps enzymes to strengthen bone structure. Natural sources include fortified bread, fruits, vegetables, poultry, and meat.
Magnesium: Improves bone mineral density. Natural sources include seeds, nuts, spinach, potatoes, oats, wheat, bran, and chocolate.
Manganese: Helps improve bone structure. Natural sources include tea, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.
Protein: Helps to boost the immune system and heal fractures. Natural sources include milk, egg, fish, poultry, legumes, seeds, grains, and yogurt.
Turmeric: Helps support healthy bone structure and connectivity. Turmeric may be added to meals as a spice or taken as a nutritional supplement.
Zinc: Helps to strengthen bone structure and improve bone density. Natural sources include fortified cereal, seafood, poultry, red meat, and nuts.
Natural Pain Relief
Joint pain can be caused by an injury to the tendons or ligaments surrounding the joint. Not only does joint pain cause discomfort, it can also be debilitating. If you don’t like taking pain medications and you’re looking for an all-natural approach to joint pain, menthol and camphor are good options.
Menthol is an organic compound extracted from the mint plant. It brings a cool, soothing sensation of relief to sore joint and aching muscles. Once it has been absorbed into the skin, it works by disrupting pain signals as they travel from your brain. It can also provide more relief to sore joints than ice alone.
Traditionally, camphor was made by distilling the bark of the camphor tree. These days, it is chemically manufactured from oil of turpentine. It is used topically to ease joint pain and swelling. It works by increasing blood flow to the area where it is applied. It also works as a counterirritant, which means, like menthol, it stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which blocks pain signals sent to the brain.
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It’s important to keep your joints healthy as you age to stay strong and pain free. Sticking to a healthy diet and continuing to exercise and staying active can help ward off joint stiffness. Joint health supplements can be a great addition to your normal healthy routine. Browse our selection of join health supplements today!