10 Foods for Fending off Osteoarthritis Inflammation

By Roger Hirchak, D.O., Vice President of Medical Services, Shell Point Retirement Community

During National Arthritis Month, we have discussed the symptoms of osteoarthritis and ways to help alleviate the pain. Did you know there are a number of foods that can reduce the inflammation and swelling that causes the pain associated with osteoarthritis? The Arthritis Research Institute of America recommends these foods to help decrease inflammation, improve joint flexibility and ease pain. Stock up on these superfoods your next trip to the supermarket!

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce joint pain and shorten the duration of morning stiffness.

Bananas and Plantains are high in magnesium and potassium that can increase bone density. Magnesium may also alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Blueberries are full of antioxidants that protect your body against both inflammation and free radicals–molecules that can damage cells and organs.

Green Tea has anti-inflammatory properties.

Orange Juice contains Vitamin C, which is important in the development of normal cartilage.

Tofu can reduce pain and swelling in chronic knee joint pain. Try it in a fruit smoothie!

Peanut Butter is rich in vitamin B3, a supplement that may help improve flexibility and reduce inflammation.

Whole Grain Breads and Cereals can alleviate morning stiffness and pain.

Lobster is a good source of vitamin E that may have a protective effect against knee osteoarthritis.

Fresh Pineapple has been recommended by coaches to help heal sports injuries because it contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps reduce inflammation.

About Roger Hirchak, D.O., Medical Director, Shell Point Retirement Community

Roger Hirchak, D.O., has served as VP of Medical Services for Shell Point since 1998. Dr. Hirchak oversees the integrated healthcare delivery program of the Shell Point Health System including hospice, behavioral health, pharmacy services, two medical centers, physician services, and more. He is also the Medical Director of the Larsen Pavilion Skilled Nursing Center and serves as preceptor for third and fourth year students from Nova-Southeastern University and the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City.