Top 3 Foods for Bone and Joint Health
Most people have the luxury of not thinking about their bones or joints while they do their regular activities, but this often changes as we age. Maintaining bone and joint health is vital in allowing you to keep doing what you love and can be achieved with a little help from vitamin D and calcium.
Calcium is the main macronutrient found in your bones, and when coupled with adequate vitamin D, it can be absorbed very effectively. Below is a list of the top three foods you can start adding to your diet to promote bone and joint health and prevent mobility problems before they begin.
Broccoli and Leafy Greens
When people think of bone health, they might not typically have broccoli at the top of their list—but they should! This vegetable is not only loaded with healthy vitamins and antioxidants, but it also is a great source of calcium, with about 45 mg per serving. The absorption rate of calcium from broccoli is high, too, which ensures that your body will be able to process most of the calcium that it contains.
Probiotics found in greek yogurt is shown to decrease inflammation or arthritis. almost 30% of your recommended daily intake. Probiotic supplementation was found to reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain and inflammation in a recent randomized controlled study.
This fish has both vitamin D and calcium in it, but the amount it contains can vary depending on where the salmon is sourced. At a minimum, salmon provides about 30% of one's daily value of vitamin D and tops at over 100% in wild-caught varieties. If you are a lover of canned salmon, the edible bones that can be found in canned varieties are what give the fish its boost of calcium.
If you or someone you love is struggling with bone or joint health, contact the practice of Matthew D. Barber M.D., in Mobile, AL. Dr. Barber and his team are dedicated to keeping your bones and joints healthy for as long as possible. To set up an appointment, call us at (251) 410-3600 or contact us online.
While Dr. Barber focuses exclusively on the management of knee and hip problems with a focus on joint replacement procedures, he is proud to be a source of information for patients and has several specialist partners at ALABAMA ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC who are available to treat any orthopedic condition.