If you have signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis it may not be too late to help improve some of your symptoms by consuming a balanced and nutritious diet. It is not possible for specific foods or nutritional supplements to cure osteoarthritis, but, according to the Arthritis Foundation, certain diets can improve your symptoms. Some supplements and foods have anti-inflammatory capabilities which can reduce the swelling in effected joint. Foods that can help are oily fish, loaded with omega-3-fatty acids. Omega has been studied as containing anti-inflammatory properties. Oily fish include sardines, mackerel, salmon and fresh tuna.
Don’t like fish? You can also try increasing your intake of extra virgin olive oil which contains high levels of oleocanthal, which may have similar properties to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Avocado and safflower oils are also healthy options and while helping with your symptoms of OA may also help to lower
cholesterol.Calcium and Vitamin D help to increase bone strength and although OA is not directly related to bone strength, helping to build strength of your skeleton helps to support the joints. Yogurt, cheese and milk are rich in Vitamin D. If dairy products affect your digestion in different ways dark leafy greens can also provide Vitamin D and include: spinach, kale, chard and collard greens. Broccoli is also an interesting veggie as it contains sulforaphane which some researchers believe could slow the progression of osteoarthritis. This vegetable is also rich in vitamins K and C, as well as bone-strengthening calcium.