The Health of Joints
As we grow older our osteomuscular system tends to be more affected by degenerative diseases which may eventually lead to even more severe medical conditions. This is why the prevention and proper care of our osteomuscular system are basic concepts of healthy joints. Proper and well-balanced diet will provide with all the nutrients which are necessary for joints and regular physical activity will keep them in shape. The food we consume needs to be appropriate from the birth and especially during the growth and development as this way the joints will adequately develop. If the problem occurs during their growth and development one will face more difficulties in later life.
There is a strong connection between a diet and certain medical conditions. One of them is inflammation of joints and consequent damage of these structures. Even genetics plays significant role in certain medical conditions that affect joints. The major harm can be caused by refined foods and foods that are rich in sugar and salt. On the other hand fresh fruit and vegetables and moderate intake of specific sorts of meat can be rather beneficial for joints. For women in order to prevent inflammation of joints it is recommended to obtain 40% of daily calories from carbohydrates, 30% of calories from fats and 30% of daily intake of calories from proteins. The proteins will supply with proper amount of essential amino acids.
Antioxidants are good for each and every cell in our bodies. The best way to prevent damage is to obtain sufficient amount of antioxidants. They are present in most of the fresh fruit and vegetables and even same supplements may provide with proper amount of these substances. Carrots, apricots, peaches are only some of the fruit abundant in antioxidants and vitamin A. Vitamin C is present in citrus fruit. Amazingly good vitamin E can be obtained from avocado, sunflower seeds and peanut butter. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium.
Whole Grains and Fish
Whole grains are way much better than refined ones. This is because the shell of whole grains contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. Apart from whole grains some types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are extremely good for joints. Even, if omega-3 fatty acids have not been obtained in proper amounts from food, they can be supplemented.
Foods that should be Avoided
If one wishes to maintain the healthy joints he/ she should keep away from junk food and limit intake of certain foods such as chips, pasta and all those foods that contain white flour and refined oil. The intake of sweets also needs to be restricted.
Additional supplements can be taken after consultation with a doctor who will decide which of the supplement is the best and for how do they need to be used.
Coenzyme Q10 is excellent for joints. Apart from coenzyme Q10 even glucosamine- based supplements can be helpful.