The bone cartilage is one of the most important parts of the bone. It is a flexible tissue that brings the friction of one bone over the other to a level as low as possible. It is, basically, the skeleton’s shock absorber. A damaged cartilage will cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. Overweight people are more prone to this than anyone else.
Since the cartilage does not possess its own supply of blood, it will it take some time to heal if it has been damaged. However, this healing process can be sped up by consuming foods that are proven to increase the cartilage tissue. Here are some of the foods you can eat to heal and strengthen up your cartilage:
- Apples – They contain quercetin, an antioxidant that works in stimulating the production of a mandatory component of the cartilage: collagen. Do not take off the peel of the apples! Most of the quercetin is in there!
- Fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C – Not only that it strengthens your immune system, but vitamin C will help you with the painful and swollen joints. It will protect the cells from future damage and it will heal any inflammation. Yellow bell peppers, kiwis, oranges, lemons, berries and dark green vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C.
- Garlic and onions – The sulfur they contain will take away the inflammation and the cartilage damage. They will also regulate the sodium in the blood, bringing to a stable level the blood pressure. Plus, they can be added to a multitude of dishes!
- Ginger and turmeric – Their anti-inflammatory properties are well-known in the medical world, so if you want to heal your damaged collagen, do not hesitate and integrate them into your dishes! They will also take away any pain you might be feeling, not just retract the inflammations.
- Nuts – Pecans, almonds and other nuts such as macadamia, walnuts or cashews are great for your joints. The omega 3 fatty acids will take away the inflammation and manganese will stimulate the production of glucosamine, the substance that helps the cartilages to build themselves faster.
- Olive oil – The omega 3 fatty acids will reduce the inflammation and help your cartilages heal faster. Add it to your salads, anytime you get the chance! You can even take 1-2 tablespoons a day for the health of your joints and of your cardiovascular system, as well.
- Coconut oil – Besides the fact that you can take it in, coconut oil can also be massaged directly on your joints. This way, you will be able to reduce the pain, the swelling and their stiffness. Consider heating the coconut oil in your microwave for just a few seconds, before using it. It will work great and there will be no side-effects!
Take into consideration these tips and apply them as soon as possible. You will be surprised at how efficient they can be!