As mercury levels rise, we naturally reach for fruits to cool us down, but summer fruits have much more to offer than that. Did you know that summer fruits can help you get rid of pain? It turns out that nature’s original desserts are packed with properties that can help with joint pain and more. While all fruits are abundant in properties that help keep your overall health in check, some fruits need special attention when it comes to helping you get rid of joint pain.
Delhi-based dietitian Nmami Agarwal took to her Instagram to share three delicious summer fruits that can help you with joint pain.
3 summer fruits for joint pain
Thanks to cold storage, almost all foods are available year-round, but nothing beats the goodness of eating fresh fruit when it’s in season. In fact, all health experts encourage eating fruits that are in season. With that being said, let’s get to know more about the type of summer fruits you can add to your diet for joint pain.
Agarwal suggests adding black, cherry, and phalsa jamun. These three fruits should be part of your summer diet for the following reasons.
1. Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties
If you are at risk of osteoporosis, you should include cherries, especially tart cherries, in your diet. A study published in the Journal of Food Studies found that cherries contain properties that can reduce inflammation and joint pain. The dietitian shares that cherries contain anti-inflammatory properties that help you manage joint conditions, including osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
2. Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that your body makes and you get from your diet. They help you protect your cells from radical damage. Cherries, black jamun, and phalsa are rich sources of antioxidants. Not only that, but they also contain vitamins C and E which help fight free radicals and reduce inflammation and joint damage, the dietitian writes in the caption.
3. Loaded with Anthocyanin-Rich Compounds
Cherries, black jamun, and phalsa contain compounds rich in anthocyanins, which are a group of antioxidants found in red, purple, or black fruits. Anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which reduce inflammation and therefore help reduce the risk of developing bone problems.
4. Vitamin C content
Cherries and black jamun are good sources of vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient that aids in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that forms connective tissues in the joints and helps reduce the chances of developing joint problems.
5. Has analgesic effects
Studies have found that cherries, black jamun, and phalsa contain pain-relieving effects. A study published in Nutrients found that cherries contain properties that can help relieve pain. Phalsa and black jamun also help to relieve pain.
However, more research is required to confirm that compounds in the fruit may help modulate pain perception, Agarwal adds.
Note: While these fruits are healthy and nutritious, you should not completely rely on these fruits to get rid of joint pain. Include them in your diet along with a combination of medication, weight control, proper testing, a balanced diet, and regular exercise. So, check with your doctor once before making any changes to your diet.