These days, new diets are all the rage and we are always reading about foods we should and shouldn’t be eating. You may be familiar with some healthy foods, but what about healthy foods that we seem to forget to eat? Maintaining a healthy diet is a large part of joint health and joint pain management. Incorporating these healthy foods into your diet can contribute to prevention of joint pain and discomfort. Healthy eating, exercise, and natural joint supplements as a whole can address joint problems from all angles. To help remind you which healthy foods are out there that you should be eating, but aren’t, we’ve made this simple list.
1. Red Cabbage
All types of cabbage are healthy, but red cabbage is known for its crisp taste and low caloric intake. Red cabbage is a good source of vitamins A, D, and K, folate, and fiber. Because it’s rich in antioxidants, this veggie can boost cancer-fighting enzymes. The best part about cabbage is that you can eat it raw, cooked, stand-alone, or mixed in a dish like coleslaw. It can also be added to casseroles, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and many other things. You might just want to get a head of red cabbage and leave it in your crisper to see what kind of creative ways you can use it.
You may have heard of the tiny red pomegranate seeds before, but you might not have known how healthy they are for you. This bright red fruit is full of antioxidants, natural chemicals that soak up free radicals that harm tissues and can cause chronic conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s. If you can, eat the fruit in its entirety, the tart jelly-like taste will be different from anything you’ve tried before. If you don’t have time to get the fruit ready, you can drink a glass of pomegranate juice and reap the same benefits.
A popular leafy green, kale sometimes get tossed to the wayside when we think of salad or home cooked sides. Kale has a slew of cancer-fighting antioxidants and is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps strengthen skin and eye health, as well as boosts the immune system. One cup of kale has as much vitamin C as an orange. Kale is also a great source of heart healthy fiber.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Many people write off sweet potatoes because they believe they are high in calories and carbs, but don’t let that fool you. Sweet potatoes are filled with nutrients and make for a great source of beta carotene, vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Because they are so versatile and packed with nutritional value, sweet potatoes can be enjoyed with few extra calories. Baked, boiled, mashed, or in french fry form, there is no question that sweet potatoes are delicious!
It’s surprising how many people haven’t tried lentils and don’t incorporate them in their diet. Lentils hail from the legume family and have been part of the human diet since Neolithic times despite their unpopularity. Not only are they healthy and affordable, lentils offer a versatile option for dinners. A half cup of cooked lentils has over 9 grams of protein and 8 grams dietary fiber. Additionally, lentils are a good source of folate and iron.
6. Pumpkin Seeds
Did you know the seeds are the most nutritious part of the pumpkin? Most people don’t. Pumpkin seeds provide magnesium, which promotes a healthy heart, proper bone and tooth formation, proper bowel function, and relaxation of your blood vessels. They are also a good source of zinc, which aids in immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, and prostate health in men. We recommend eating them with the shell because it includes extra fiber.
Healthy eating is essential to overall health as well as joint health. Incorporating these healthy foods regularly into your diet can help you maintain a good weight, keep your joints stable, and enable you to complete your daily exercise routine. Nutritional foods are an important complement to existing joint pain treatment programs like daily joint supplements.
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