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You can make your life less painful by adding these foods to your daily diet, which can help you ease your arthritis pain and improve overall heart health.

Eating colourful fruit and veg, having a cup of green tea and adding a bit more spice to daily diets are just some of the things that could make everyday life a lot less painful.

These small, simple changes to your diet can bring fast results.

“Research is ongoing, but scientists already have found that certain foods may reduce arthritis-related inflammation and pain,” says registered dietitian Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDE.

So let’s check out these top 10 foods that are best to your joints.

Two servings of Green tea

To reap the benefits, aim for two servings a day, either hot or cold,” Dunn notes.

Be sure to use tea bags and not the powdered tea mixes, which are more processed. If you drink the decaffeinated variety, make sure the process is all natural.

Add some Salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel

Many studies have found that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, having a 3 to 4 ounce serving of these fish two or more times a week is advised for protecting the heart and reducing inflammation.

While buying fresh could be pricey, look for buying canned sardines, salmon or tuna. And ensure to check the label for lower sodium options as it will keep your sodium in check.

Add some Berries, apples and pomegranates

According to the Arthritis Foundation, Berries are rich in antioxidants and blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and boysenberries all provide arthritis-fighting power.

You’ll get health benefits no matter if you eat them frozen, fresh or dehydrated (without added sugar), so be sure to eat a variety of berries throughout the week.

Apples are also high in antioxidants and a good source of fiber. Plus, they provide crunch and can help curb your appetite for unhealthy snacks, Dunn says.

Pomegranates, which are classified as berry fruits, are rich in tannins that can fight the inflammation of arthritis. Add these to a salad or stir into plain yogurt for some added benefits.

Eat more vegetables

Take it a step further and include anti-inflammatory vegetables in your daily diet such as cauliflower, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli in either frozen or fresh form.

Add them into your stir-fry, salads or as healthy side dishes.

While making big changes to your diet won’t happen overnight, adding a variety of arthritis-friendly foods little by little will help you with your overall health and how well you manage your arthritis pain.

Canola and olive oils

Skip the vegetable oil or corn oil and reach for these two varieties, which have a good balance of the omega-3 and omega-6 acids, both of which are essential fatty acids. Studies have found that a component in olive oil called oleocanthal has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to be especially good for heart health, too, Dunn says.

Ginger and turmeric

Ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties. Both are widely used in Chinese and Indian cuisine.

The scientific data on recommended daily or weekly intakes of ginger or turmeric are mainly with supplemented doses, but a healthy sprinkling of these spices on foods or in beverages could bring limited health benefits, Dunn says.

They’ll even add a little kick to your favorite dishes. Moreover, small amounts of ginger can help settle an upset stomach.

Nuts

All nuts are high in protein, low in saturated fats, and contain no cholesterol, unlike animal proteins. Eat them alone or add them to your favorite yogurt, salad or healthy dish for an extra boost of protein.

By replacing a serving of meat with just a quarter cup of nuts can help you avoid the inflammation you may experience when eating red meat.

Unlike meat, nuts also are a good source of fiber. Choose unsalted nuts to limit the amount of sodium in your diet.

Whole grains

From quinoa to farro to bulgur, there’s plenty of variety to choose from and incorporate into your diet. These varieties add extra nutrients and fiber that only whole grains can offer naturally.

To reap the benefits, the Arthritis Foundation recommends eating between three and six ounces of grains a day.

Try them as side dishes instead of more common choices, such as white rice, Dunn says. Some more diverse whole grain options include freekeh, a Middle Eastern cuisine staple, or teff, used to make Ethiopian flatbread.

Salsa

Mixing salsa into your daily diet is a great way to increase your intake of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, thanks to its rich mix of tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables. Dunn recommends using it for a vegetable dip in place of high-calorie dressings commonly found in the grocery store.

10. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is a classic favorite but large-scale random control studies have not been done to recommend dark chocolate candy in any quantity to ease inflammation. If you enjoy dark chocolate, look at least 70% or higher cocoa content (the higher the cocoa content, the lower the amount of sugar in the chocolate).

Just keep portions small to limit the saturated fat and calories.

says Dunn.

For example, a half-ounce of dark chocolate daily goes a long way for intense flavor and chocolate enjoyment.

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