Feeling stiff in the joints?
New research tells us what you eat in your 20s can have an effect years later
More oily fish in your diet can ease joint pain One of the earliest signs of arthritis is stiffness and pain in our wrists, finger joints and hips. This inflammatory condition interferes with even basic daily tasks such as cooking, driving and walking.
Pain in our knees can also be caused by being overweight, which puts extra stress on our joints. This wear and tear may make us feel less inclined to continue our regular activity, as the pain interferes with mobility. However, keeping active can be key to weight loss. And in turn, this helps ease joint pain. Carrying extra weight also increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
OILY FISH Omega-3 fats in oily fish like salmon, tuna and sardines fight inflammation in stiff joints. Aim to include 150g of oily fish in your diet 2–3 times a week, and consider a fish oil supplement (of 2700mg) on top of this if you suffer from arthritis.