Running and Nutrition » Joint Flexibility

Running and Nutrition » Joint Flexibility

Fitness Through Running with Proper Nutrition

To a greater or lesser extent, a lot of people experience some form of joint discomfort. It’s not a bad idea to look at the nutritional needs of cartilage and ligaments as you get older.

Cartilage is a protein that acts as a padding between the bones of the joints. As we age, the water content of cartilage increases while the protein decreases. It’s important to supply the joints with essential nutrients to keep them functioning properly.

Similar to many other health issues, there’s a strong connection between nutrition and joint health. Certain foods and nutrients can improve joint function, such as:

Antioxidants - These nutrients fight free radicals. Some of the foods they are found in are berries, broccoli, tomatoes, red grapes, garlic, spinach, tea, carrots, soy, and whole grains.

Fatty Acids - certain ones, such as omega-3s promote joint health and flexibility. Some great food sources include salmon, sardines, herring, as well as assorted vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Sun Chlorella - this superfood contains essential fatty acids as well as other nutrients and phytonutrients like protein, fiber, amino acids, B vitamins, lutein, and folic acid. It also contains calcium and vitamin D for bone and joint health.

Written by Mike in: cross training, nutrition Tags: antioxidants, flexibility, joints, nutrition

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