Osteoarthritis is the most common rheumatic disease. It is produced mainly by the wear of cartilage, a tissue found at the end of bones and helps them to join with each other without damage. Whether the cartilage was damaged or not were present, the bones would rub directly, causing pain, loss of movement in the joint and even the deformation.
Although joint wear is common over time (hence osteoarthritis more common in the elderly), it can also be caused by a decrease in estrogen levels as a consequence of menopause in women; or if there is predisposition family member to suffer from it (genetic cause), obesity (as a consequence of being overweight overloads and damages cartilage), or as a result of injury.
When suffering from osteoarthritis, it is advisable to consume some foods that improve the quality of our cartilage by increasing collagen production, or reducing, for example, oxidation or damage due to age at the joint level.
One of the best sources of collagen that we can find. Eating meat, we get that our body has enough amino acids so that cartilage and joints are in good condition. Remember that its consumption is not contraindicated in osteoarthritis.
Include a couple of days a week in your diet a plate of sardines, or fish with skin, provides omega 3 fatty acids, prevents cellular oxidation and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and promotes the formation of collagen.
Although its main quality is its protein content, the egg also stands out as producer of collagen. This contributes to a strong bone mass and articular cartilage is more resistant.
Not only foods of animal origin are rich in collagen, fruits and vegetables are also an interesting source of this protein. This is the case, for example, of lemon, a fruit full of vitamin C which acts as a natural antioxidant, which promotes the proper formation of collagen.
The reason for including this vegetable in the gallery is because of the sulfur it contains. This substance helps improve blood circulation and increase collagen production.
A handful of walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, hazelnuts or chestnuts can be a good way to contribute more collagen to your joints; its high content of omega 3, fatty acids, omega 6 and omega 9 stimulate collagen production and are associated with pain reduction in osteoarthritis.
Peppers and tomatoes
They contain lycopene, a substance that, in addition to being an excellent antioxidant, contributes to the collagen secretion. You will also find it in watermelon, cherries, strawberries or raspberries.
Milk, cheese and yogurts
Dairy products in general have a high protein content, which favors the production of collagen in the body.
Among the fruits rich in collagen, strawberries occupy a preferential place. This food protects the collagen that is in our body and, in addition, it provides numerous antioxidants.
Its rich composition in glycine and proline allow to improve the structures of various tissues of the body, mainly bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments, being recommended in people with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has also been shown to be effective in osteoarthritis decreasing pain.
Remember that although the foods mentioned will contribute and / or stimulate the production of collagen, glucosamine among others, however, a joint affected by osteoarthritis requires a greater amount per day of collagen and other chondroprotectors such as chondroitin, MSM, grenetin, vitamin C and tricalcium phosphate. All of them contained in doses and proper balance in More Motion.