Joint pain, especially in the knees, is a real bane to your day. Whether caused by arthritis, injury or repetitive stress, your joints are so critical to your every move that it’s almost impossible to feel comfortable. Painkillers, either over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor, can help. But they come with a host of side effects that simply replace one pain with another.
But what if there was a natural remedy you could sip on throughout the day?
Get ready, because we have not one, but nine different drinks that can help you eliminate your pain without side effects.
It all comes down to reducing inflammation, which is the ultimate source of most joint discomfort. When you consume anti-inflammatory substances in liquid form, it has the added benefit of improving your body’s hydration. Drinking enough fluids is essential to keep joints lubricated and blood flow healthy.We’re getting thirsty, so let’s dive into the list. Which one will you try first?
1. The red wine
Here’s a nice surprise. Red wine is actually good for joint pain. Sure, alcohol in general can dull our senses and reduce pain in that way. But red wine in particular contains resveratrol, a compound with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Regular consumption of a glass or two can reduce the risk of developing chronic joint diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Just be careful not to drink too much, as alcohol is dehydrating and causes the inflammation you are trying to eliminate. You can also get resveratrol from red grapes and red grape juice; it does not have to be wine.
2. Tart cherry juice
Fruit juices are generally not recommended for people with joint pain because they contain a lot of sugar. Sugar is inflammatory and the juice does not contain fiber to moderate the release of sugar into the bloodstream. Whole fruits are generally acceptable, as they contain a good amount of fiber in addition to their sweet taste.
Tart cherry juice, however, is an exception to the no juice rule. Studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation and swelling, relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Smoothies are a great way to drink fruit without depriving yourself of essential fiber. They’re also great for sneaking in some vegetables – you won’t even feel them. You don’t want too much pure juice, but yogurt is a nice addition that gives a smooth texture and also offers gut-friendly probiotics.
Anything that helps you eat fruits and vegetables every day is helpful in relieving knee and joint pain, because fruits and vegetables contain a lot of antioxidants. Free radical damage is one of the main drivers of inflammation in the body, and antioxidants are able to bind to free radicals to neutralize them.
Studies on joint pain and coffee are conflicting, with some indicating that coffee may increase the risk of developing arthritis, while others note that coffee seems to reduce the risk of gout (a painful form of arthritis that involves uric acid crystals in the joints). However, it is certain that coffee contains polyphenols that fight inflammation.
If you already drink coffee, there’s no reason to stop. Your morning brew can help reduce your knee and joint pain. Just limit your intake to 4 cups or less per day, as most studies find no adverse effects on joints before that level.
Even if you don’t like coffee, you can still have an invigorating drink in the morning in the form of tea. Whether you choose black, green or white tea, you’ll get a good dose of antioxidant polyphenols that will reduce inflammation in your joints. But not all teas are created equal – the green variety contains the most antioxidants, followed by white and then black.
Green tea contains a particular polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) that can strengthen and protect your bones and surrounding cartilage. Sometimes, improving the structure of your joints as well as reducing inflammation can relieve the pain you are experiencing.
6. Ginger tea
Ginger is a well-known anti-inflammatory. It is able to prevent the release of inflammatory molecules such as prostaglandin and leukotriene, as well as pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are a type of protein found in cells. Ginger also contains a compound called gingerol, which not only reduces inflammation, but also soothes sore muscles.
Any drink containing ginger can help you manage your joint pain. However, we recommend making it at home rather than falling back on a sugary ginger ale.
7. Chicken Bone Broth
You may have seen a capsule or powdered joint health supplement called glucosamine and chondroitin. This product is popular with people who suffer from chronic joint pain, but it doesn’t have to be taken in pill form.
Chicken bone broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, as they are found in the cartilage of chicken bones. Bone broth also fights inflammation and contains collagen, an essential component of joint structure.
Joint pain isn’t always just about the space where the bones meet. The overall health of the bones can also affect your pain level. Milk contains a good amount of calcium that strengthens bones and helps them maintain good density. Studies have indicated that drinking milk may slow the progression of osteoarthritis and even prevent gout completely.
But if you have a dietary sensitivity to dairy products, milk is more likely to exacerbate your knee and joint pain than relieve it. In this case, try eating more green leafy vegetables and nuts to make up the difference in calcium.