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Any Advice Regarding Foods for Achy Joints?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Hi there,

I have a question regarding foods for Achy Joints. I am trying to incorporate Olympic Style lifting into my fitness routine but I am getting some pain in my knees and my wrist after vigorous workouts (heavy squads, heavy cleans bother my wrist). I am 39, male, 5.10, 180 lbs, over a year on Paleo. Are there any foods that can help alleviate these symptoms or even better - strengthen my joints. I do ice my knees and wrist after workout and I am aware about joint supplements which unfortunately do not help.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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on September 15, 2012
at 07:01 PM

You can make your own beef stock, which has all the benefits of gelatin, but is more potent and has all kinds of extra goodness - and tastes great. Plenty of instructables online.

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on September 13, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Actually, it will be egg whites, right, and nightshades. Plus dairy and legumes. And perhaps soy. As far as grains go, most people seem to tolerate white rice real well: it's a filler that's non-allergenic to many people -- not all, but definitely the least egregious offender among the grain variety.

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on September 13, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or just occasional join pain? I'm curious if gelatins really work for autoimmue issues like RA rather than ostroarthritis.

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Great Lakes, as suggested in another thread, works well. http://www.amazon.com/Great-Lakes-Unflavored-Gelatin-16-Ounce/dp/B001ELLBJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1347492283&sr=1-2 / http://greatlakesgelatin.com/storefront/. I also add it to my coffee. It doesn't affect the flavor of the but it can clump when the coffee starts to cool down. I find that adding coconut oil helps...and is also a nice addition to the coffee itself. Good luck!

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:04 PM

I would agree with Leea. It is just common but a good trainer mitigates the damage. However, I found that joint pain and DOMS diminished greatly when I gave up dairy products (except butter), almost overnight.

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Yes, it contains bromelain, a protease found to decrease inflammation.

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Thanks for the link, will definitely work on mobility issues.

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:05 PM

Just the fish oil... 3-4 times a week.

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Iam stretching, it is only one wrist that I have a problem with. I am also working on my form but it is hard to keep elbows up after a clean holding weight on the shoulders.

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:01 PM

Can I ask where do you get this gelatin and whether it affects the taste of the coffee?

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 09:59 PM

I don't really drink. Maybe once a month.

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on September 12, 2012
at 09:26 PM

Do you drink booze?

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I don't have any advice on a particular food, but when I was having aches in my knees I started taking glucosamine chondroitin -- and I think it's really helped.

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5a739c24d8c83f27a168170d3c797506

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on September 12, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Wrist pain is VERY common in beginner lifters...it's likely a mobility issue and you will notice in time that it subsides. Check out www.mobilitywod.com for tips on improving your mobility and about icing! Personally, I find that fish oil is a huge help, and obviously avoiding grains which will only flare up inflammation if you are lifting heavy. Keep on lifting :)

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Thanks for the link, will definitely work on mobility issues.

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on September 12, 2012
at 11:04 PM

I would agree with Leea. It is just common but a good trainer mitigates the damage. However, I found that joint pain and DOMS diminished greatly when I gave up dairy products (except butter), almost overnight.

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:43 AM

The nightshade vegetables - potato, tomato, eggplant, and peppers - can cause achy joints. Gelatin (powdered or homemade bone broth) can help.

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I find gelatin to be helpful for joint pain. I dissolve a tablespoon of unflavored beef gelatin in my coffee every morning. Over a couple months it has definitely helped.

Of course broths are a great source too, but I find I get better consistency with my coffee routine.

Cbe0baff464199131bec8f68ef5654ca

(158)

on September 12, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Great Lakes, as suggested in another thread, works well. http://www.amazon.com/Great-Lakes-Unflavored-Gelatin-16-Ounce/dp/B001ELLBJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1347492283&sr=1-2 / http://greatlakesgelatin.com/storefront/. I also add it to my coffee. It doesn't affect the flavor of the but it can clump when the coffee starts to cool down. I find that adding coconut oil helps...and is also a nice addition to the coffee itself. Good luck!

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on September 13, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or just occasional join pain? I'm curious if gelatins really work for autoimmue issues like RA rather than ostroarthritis.

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

(25)

on September 12, 2012
at 10:01 PM

Can I ask where do you get this gelatin and whether it affects the taste of the coffee?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on September 15, 2012
at 07:01 PM

You can make your own beef stock, which has all the benefits of gelatin, but is more potent and has all kinds of extra goodness - and tastes great. Plenty of instructables online.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:51 PM

The center of the pineapple is supposed to be excellent for joint problems. If you can blend it up in a smoothie with a Vitamix or something it's great.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Yes, it contains bromelain, a protease found to decrease inflammation.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on September 12, 2012
at 09:09 PM

If you're really grain free, it may be some foods that are still having an inflammatory effect. I've heard egg yolks and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant) might be culprits. You might try to eliminate them and see if it helps.

If you still eat any grains, start there.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on September 13, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Actually, it will be egg whites, right, and nightshades. Plus dairy and legumes. And perhaps soy. As far as grains go, most people seem to tolerate white rice real well: it's a filler that's non-allergenic to many people -- not all, but definitely the least egregious offender among the grain variety.

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Are you stretching before and after your workouts? Your wrists? Are you sure your form is right? I'm not sure you should be experiencing pain.

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Iam stretching, it is only one wrist that I have a problem with. I am also working on my form but it is hard to keep elbows up after a clean holding weight on the shoulders.

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on September 15, 2012
at 09:44 AM

You could try curcuminoids or cissus. Sometimes uric acid can cause inflammation but not to the level of full blown gout. Denatured PUFAS also cause problems sometimes.

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on September 13, 2012
at 07:06 PM

I have heard calcium is important for joint pain. It worked for me (so far, hasn't been long). Let me know how this goes.

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:18 PM

Be sure to balance your fats so that you are getting enough of the O3 fats. Your pains could be from inflammation due to diet or they could just be that your muscle strength is greater than your tendon and ligament strength.

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on September 13, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Turmeric with a little black pepper (this increases the anti inflammatory benefits of Turmeric), drink bone broth.

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Do you take an Omega-3 supplement?

8aca5729b702caf4c95bcf47bb49f041

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:05 PM

Just the fish oil... 3-4 times a week.

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