I love to work out and train hard, and I want to be able to do so for a long long time.
In order for this to be possible, I need to make sure my joints hold up. I will never forget how creaky my knees were while training for my first Marathon. Since then I’ve learned the secret to avoiding knee pain and morning joint stiffness. EAT MORE FISH!
3 ways eating FISH supports your joints :
Inflammation is our bodies' first response to injury or stress. When we intensify our workouts our joints can be the first to react. The healthy fat found in fish contains EPA and DHA, the two longest-chain omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to be effective in decreasing inflammatory markers and increasing anti-inflammatory markers.
Decreased risk of bone marrow lesions
A study in 293 adults without osteoarthritis, some reporting knee pain and some with no pain, found that higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids or omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids were associated with an increased risk of bone marrow lesions.
This study suggested a recommendation to balance fat intake and shift toward foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids while decreasing intake of omega 6 fatty acids.
Decreased morning stiffness and pain
Omega 3 fatty acids decrease symptoms of morning stiffness, tender or swollen joints and joint pain. They can also help increase blood flow during exercise.
Strong joints are crucial to balanced fitness. What athlete isn’t looking for ways to support their joints? As a nutritionist I like to get my joint supportive nutrients from my FOOD rather than supplements, thanks to Sizzlefish!