Your bones and joints support every move you make, it's easy to take them for granted. But just like your other organs, your skeleton is a living tissue in constant need of nutrients: As we age, we become more susceptible to bone loss, joint pain, and inflammation. That’s why it is important to make sure that our bodies are receiving the nutrients needed to strengthen our bones and joints.
“A balanced diet rich in fresh, whole foods is a good foundation for healthy bones and joints,” says Juan Agudelo, MD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon at Florida Hospital East Orlando. Here, Dr. Agudelo shares 5 foods that promote bone health:
• Almonds and Sunflower Seeds are some of the best vitamin E sources, which can help protect the outer membrane of joint cells. Vitamin E also defends against free radicals which cause joint inflammation and cell damage.
• Orange Juice can be a good source of calcium, which helps grow and strengthen your bones. It also contains vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium and keep joint tissue healthy.
• Apples are high quercetin, an antioxidant that helps build collagen. Collagen helps make up cartilage which acts like a shock absorber in your joints and helps prevent arthritis.
• Salmon and other fatty fish contain a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 helps decrease the production of chemicals which can spread inflammation in the joints.
• Cherries contain anthocyanins which have natural, anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins in cherries also help to maintain healthy levels of uric acid (which in excess can be damaging to your body).
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, visit Florida Hospital East Orlando.