Everyone will suffer from joint pain at some point in their lives. However, it can often be relieved or prevented through simple additions to your diet. Foods containing sulfur, zinc, copper, vitamin C, collagen (gelatin), fiber, hot peppers, spices, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for supporting joint health and controlling inflammation. Here are four delicious recipes that helps to alleviate joint pains.
Spicy Pork Stew
- 2 medium bone-in pork chops
- 1/2 medium onion
- 2 cloves crushed and minced garlic
- 1 large potato
- 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
- Cayenne pepper and salt to taste
Separate the bones from the pork chops and place them in a pot to boil for half an hour. This creates a flavorful broth rich in joint-supporting minerals and collagen. Afterward, remove the bones and discard them. Chop the meat into stewing-sized pieces and add them to the broth. Next, add your garlic, onion, cabbage, potato and spices to the mixture. Cook for 45 minutes or until meat is tender. If desired, you can thicken your stew with corn starch.
Cherry Orange Antioxidant Elixir
- 4 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 4 oz tart cherry juice
All you have to do with this recipe is blend these two ingredients together. It’s an ideal addition to your daily breakfast that packs a nutritional punch for your joints. Cherries help remove excess uric acid from the body, which tends to crystallize in the joints and cause pain and damage. Meanwhile, the vitamin C-rich orange helps the body produce collagen, which is needed for proper repair and maintenance of joint cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Furthermore, both of these ingredients have powerful antioxidant properties that help fight inflammation and promote healing.
Fresh Berry and Walnut Oatmeal
- 1 serving of classic oatmeal, prepared according to the package instructions
- 1/2 cup of your choice of fresh berries
- 1 oz raw chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp hazelnut or walnut oil
What could be better for breakfast than a warm, delicious bowl of oatmeal? Why, a bowl of oatmeal with fresh berries, walnuts and nut oil, of course. Simply prepare rolled or steel-cut oats according to the package instructions, toss in walnuts and your favorite berries and drizzle lightly with hazelnut or walnut oil. The combination of fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, minerals and healthy fats help thwart inflammation and nourish joints.
Baked Salmon With Orange Ginger Sauce
- 3-4 oz fresh, wild-caught salmon steak or fillet
- 4 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
In a small bowl, combine the juice, orange zest and ginger powder and set it aside. Doing this now allows ample time for the flavors to mingle. Next, take your salmon, rub it with enough salt to suit your tastes and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. This draws the salt into the salmon and helps make it more tender and succulent. Fold up the edges of a piece of foil, set the salmon inside and pour the orange-ginger sauce over it. Close the foil packet and bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the fish is flaky. The omega-3 and ginger help prevent inflammation, while the orange provides vitamin C for collagen production. However, it’s important to make sure you use wild salmon and not farmed (Atlantic) salmon. Farmed salmon contains virtually no omega-3 fatty acids.
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