Is Your Diet Helping Or Hurting Your Knees?

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The pathways that commonly lead to osteoarthritis derive from lifestyle factors including diet, weight, exercise, and wear and tear from previous injury. Modifications of diet and lifestyle can in fact have the largest impact in the prevention and management of osteoarthritis. So now where do you start?

Vitamin C has been shown to help in reducing the progression of osteoarthritis. One way in which vitamin C contributes to halting the development of osteoarthritis is by promoting the formation of collagen and proteoglycans (two major components of cartilage), which aid in cushioning joints. In addition, vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, counteracting the harmful effects of free radicals in the body, which also can damage joint cartilage. Food sources that contain vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, kiwi, cantaloupe, green-leafy vegetables, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, and pineapple. Although most adults require between 75 mg(women) and 90 mg(men) of vitamin C…

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