While we’ve recently enjoyed warm days, winter isn’t quite through with our area yet. Cold mornings and severe temperature drops in the evening can meddle with our daily comfort. We have discussed ways one can ease the aches of arthritis and other types of joint pain during the winter, and for those interested in more help for joint pain there is the option of “spicing up” the way you eat.
The Arthritis Foundation reports that following a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce the frequency of joint pain. Specific spices used in everyday cooking may not only fight pro-inflammatory cytokines but provide supplemental benefits for improved overall health.
Ginger – People tend to associate the health benefits of ginger for gastronomical-related agents. We drink ginger ale, for example, to help an upset stomach. However, ginger’s medicinal properties are also known to reduce inflammation. Adding ginger to tea, stir-fry dishes, or smoothie drinks adds a sharp, zesty tang that may comfort you in the long run. (Source: Medical News Today)
Garlic – This versatile bulb may be eaten raw or pickled, crushed or powdered for soups and sauces, or minced as a topping for pizza. Though pungent in flavor, and capable of repelling people standing too close, garlic contains a compound called thiacremonone which is reported to aid in easing joint pain. (Source: NIH)
Turmeric – If you enjoy curry and Thai dishes on a regular basis, you likely enjoy the health benefits of this golden root in the ginger family. According to a study from the National Institute of Health, it is the active chemical curcumin within the spice that contributes to anti-inflammatory aid. (Source: NIH)
Cinnamon – On a cold winter night, a mug of hot cider garnished with a cinnamon stick hits the spot. It may also do more than keep your hands warm; a recent study in the Journal of American College of Nutrition suggests consumption of cinnamon has helped sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
While changes in the way you eat may help your pain management and mobility, a full continuum of care for your shoulder, knee, elbow, or other joint pain is key to improving your quality of life. At Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and physician assistants are here to provide solutions for your continued health. Contact us today for more information.