Butternut Squash: the secret here is carotenoids, which reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammation-related disorders. Squash also contains Vitamin C, which helps bones and cartilage.
Mushrooms: I was pleasantly surprised to learn that button mushrooms and shitake mushrooms have been found to target inflammatory agents in the body, thus bringing you relief from aching joints.
Extra virgin olive oil: studies have shown that EVOO contains polyphenols that fight inflammation and bring relief to aching muscles and joints.
Green tea: the antioxidants in green tea are a wonderful friend for those with stiff limbs and joints. Add a twist of lemon to your tea, and you’ll feel further relief because citrus builds collagen, which is essential for healthy cartilage.
Ginger: centuries before there was pain medication, there was ginger; simply grated into chai tea, or added to curries and soups. Ginger is a proven anti-inflammatory, so try and get more ginger on your plate, especially during the winter months when arthritis tends to flare up. (If you’re taking blood thinners, avoid ginger because it thins the blood.)