5 Joint-Friendly Foods, and 5 That May Hurt Them
You can eat for healthy joints
Knee pain while climbing stairs is often the first sign of osteoarthritis (OA), according to a 2015 University of Leeds study. Your MD may prescribe physical therapy or show you some exercises to do at home—and recommend a more joint-friendly diet. Certain foods protect against arthritis, while others can worsen it. Keep these picks and skips in mind the next time you hit the grocery store.
Best: Low-fat milk
A study at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that the more low-fat or fat-free milk women drink, the slower their progression of knee osteoarthritis.
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Folks who drank four to six glasses a week were less likely to get knee OA, according to a recent U.K. study. One theory credits wine's antioxidants.
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Best: Virgin olive oil
It contains a compound that helps lower the levels of inflammatory enzymes in the body, similar to the way some NSAIDs work.
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Best: Fatty fish
Best: Cherry juice
The Brigham and Women's Hospital study reported that eating cheese could speed up the progression of knee OA, possibly due to its high fat content.
The more you drink, the greater your odds of knee or hip osteoarthritis, per the U.K. study. It could be the extra pressure on joints from the dreaded "beer belly".
The high amount of saturated fat in this Sunday breakfast favorite causes inflammation in your body, which can worsen arthritis.