Monday, April 2, 2018

Natural foods that help your joints

You can prevent and fight pain, stiffness, and swelling with these nutrient-packed foods.

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1. Apple. Red and green apples every day, keeps your body painless everyday.

Whether you're 23 or 73, you’ll deal with some joint aches and pains at some point. According to a national survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30% of adults over 18 reported having joint pain within the past month. Ouch.

Joint pain has many causes, but it's often a symptom of arthritis, an umbrella term for more than 100 conditions that cause joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. In young, active guys, arthritis typically shows up because of a old sports injuries, like a dislocated joint or a torn ligament.

Medications that ward off and slow the progression of joint damage and inflammation are commonly prescribed to decrease pain. However, researchers have found that foods with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties can be effective additions to pain management plans.

Here, two of New York University Langone Medical Center’s top rheumatologists (docs who treat arthritis and other joint diseases) tell us which joint-friendly foods are worth eating—plus, delicious ideas for incorporating them into your daily diet.

2. Berries.

Recipe: Turkey Quinoa

Burgers with Tomato

Onion Chutney

Think it’s too complicated to make your own Indian dish? This flavor-packed, grill-friendly meal might change your mind.

These burgers are a low-fat alternative to beef and can be tossed on the grill the same way you’d cook the traditional version (the zesty chutney is a quick way to add color and flavor to your plate. Make extra and use it as a dip for fresh vegetables.)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp salt (or more to taste)
  1. Heat oil in skillet over ­medium-high heat (the oil should be hot but not smoking). Add cumin seeds and stir until seeds change color from light brown to semi-dark brown.
  2. Add onion and cook about 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring, until onions become translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a bowl, then add quinoa, turkey, turmeric, garam masala, and salt; mix well.
  3. Form turkey mixture into 6 burgers. Brush with oil. Heat skillet or grill pan over ­medium-high heat. Add burgers and cook about 3 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown. (Burgers may also be broiled if desired).
Serve dressed with chutney (see recipe below).
Serves: 6
Nutrition (per serving): 120 calories, 2.5g fat (0g sat fat), 30mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 20g protein


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 whole dried red chili pepper
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp minced cilantro

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat (the oil should be hot but not smoking). Add chili pepper and mustard seeds and stir 1 to 2 minutes, until mustard seeds start to pop.
  2. Add onion and tomato to skillet; cook and stir until onions are translucent.
  3. Add turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir for a few minutes until mixture is well blended. Remove from heat. Cool.
  4. Stir in yogurt and cilantro. Serve immediately or chilled.
  5. Variation: Add ¼ cup shredded carrots along with the onion and tomato in Step 2. Add additional yogurt to desired creaminess.
  6. Makes: ½ cup chutney
  7. Nutrition (per 2 tbsp serving): 60 calories, 4g fat (0g sat fat), 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g protein.

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