Eating a healthy, balanced diet, has benefits for anyone. There are some specific benefits that healthy eating can bring to a person who has knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is what happens when the cartilage that covers the ends of bones begins to break down. Below, we’ll go over some general ideas and benefits for knee osteoarthritis.
Cut down on calories: According to the Arthritis Foundation, a pound of weight loss translates into four pounds of pressure off the knees. Loosing weight and reducing that extra pressure on the knees can help with symptoms.
Incorporate some Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Research suggests that Omega-3’s have anti-inflammation benefits. Good sources are fatty fishes such as trout, salmon, and tuna.
Keep track of Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps with joint and bone health. Good sources include eggs, mushrooms, and fortified foods.
These diet tips are good for anyone, but for people with OA, there can be some extra benefits.