Millions of American suffer from arthritis. 52.5 million to be exact. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports arthritis, characterized by inflammation and loss of function in parts of the body, is a public health problem. The numbers are alarming:
- The number of adults with arthritis is expected to increase to 67 million by 2030.
- Although arthritis is most prevalent among adults aged 65 and older, nearly two-thirds of people with the condition are younger than 65.
- Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability and limits the activities of 22.7 million Americans.
- Nearly half of American adults suffering from arthritis have at least one other chronic disease or condition such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity.
Diet plays a major role in joint health, and the right foods and nutrients can minimize inflammation and make managing arthritis easier.
In general, a joint-friendly diet should include fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, legumes and healthy oils. Look for foods rich in Omega-3 and other heart-healthy fats, and Vitamins C, D and K. Limit or avoid red meat, daily, saturated fat and sugars, which all cause increases in inflammation and pain.
The next time you head to the grocery store, take our list of 55 Arthritis-fighting foods.
- Bell Pepper
- Bok Choy
- Collard Greens
- Egg Plant
- Sweet Potato
- Kidney Beans
- Pinto Beans
Nuts & Seeds
- Pine Nuts
- Brown Rice
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Almond Milk
- Green Tea
Download and print our joint-friendly foods list here.