The Best Foods That Heal Knee Pain and Build Cartilage

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Diet and Health: You Are What You Eat

Your diet can have a big impact on your health, but did you know it can also affect the level of your knee pain? Whether you’re suffering from chronic knee issues, or you’re an active athlete who puts a strain on their knees, it’s important to consume the best foods to keep your knees healthy and avoid pain.

 

The best foods for your knees can help sprains, arthritis, stiffness, and sports injuries. Read on to find out what you should be consuming to give your knees the support they need, as well as a few other tips on how to keep your knees healthy

 

Fiber: The Solution on Your Plate (and Good for Your Palate, Too!)

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High Fiber Foods and Their Benefits by Urbanwired1 Flickr

 

The key to alleviating and even avoiding knee pain might be closer than you think! Just look down at your plate. Are you eating enough fiber?

 

New research in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases has shown that people with fiber-rich diets have a reduced risk of knee osteoarthritis. This is huge, as two separate studies consistently showed that higher total fiber intake was related to a lower risk, with statistically significant results!

 

The first study, Osteoarthritis Initiative, examined nearly 5,000 participants; and the second study, the Framingham Offspring, examined more than 1,200. Both studies concluded that the more fiber you eat, the less likely you are to experience knee pain, and the less likely you are to be diagnosed with knee arthritis.

 

Keep in mind that correlation does not imply causation, and the studies did not prove that fiber heals knee pain, only that there’s something going on with the nutrients that are almost certainly good for you.

 

The Studies

In the Osteoarthritis Initiative study, people who consumed 20 grams (g) of fiber daily were 30% less likely to have symptoms of knee arthritis. Moreover, 19% were less likely to report worsening pain in their knees over the course of four years compared to those who ate the least fiber or just under 9 g per day. In the Framingham study, people who ate about nearly 26 grams of fiber each day were 61% less likely to experience symptomatic knee arthritis than those who ate the least, or just under 14g.

 

Additionally, 19% were less likely to report worsening pain in their knees over the course of four years compared to those who ate the least fiber or just under 9 g per day. In the In the Framingham study, people who ate the about nearly 26 grams of fiber each day were 61% less likely to experience symptomatic knee arthritis than those who ate the least, or just under 14g.

 

In the Framingham study, people who ate the about nearly 26 grams of fiber each day were 61% less likely to experience symptomatic knee arthritis than those who ate the least or just under 14g.

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