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What fruits & veggies are good for inflammation–muscle pain and tendonitis?

Q. What fruits/veggies are good for anti inflammatory problems–muscle pain and tendonitis?


A. A diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables can help to relieve muscle pain, inflammation, and tendonitis. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of phytonutrients which support many roles in the body including reduced inflammation. Soybeans, grapes and peanuts are good sources of inflammation fighting phytochemicals. Fruits and veggies high in potassium can also relieve muscle pain caused by activity. Potassium is a mineral found in bananas, cantaloupe, broccoli and lima beans among others that aid the body in building muscle, and breaking down carbohydrates for energy. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and bok choy) have also been found to reduce inflammation. Calcium-rich vegetables could also be beneficial for healing muscles and connective tissues. Try adding spinach and collard greens to omelets, stir-fry’s, and soups. Filling half your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables at every meal will provide you with various vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to help your body heal.

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