Knee pain is very common and can be caused by lots of things, from arthritis to injury. The problem could be in the joints themselves or the tendons or ligaments. When you have a knee injury, which can occur quite easily from running, dancing, or even just putting your foot down wrong, it affects many aspects of daily life and you are probably willing to do just about anything to speed the healing. If you have arthritis, it is unfortunately not curable and can bother you for the rest of your life.
1. Pineapple, Cinnamon And Oat Smoothie
Wellness starts in the kitchen and proper nutrition does wonders for strong knees, ligaments, and tendons. This breakfast smoothie has a ton of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, plus it just tastes good. The pineapple additionally contains a compound called bromelain, which is strongly anti-inflammatory.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is touted by some as a miracle oil that will help you lose weight, protect against heart disease, and even make you smarter. However, we are going to recommend that you massage your painful knees with it. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil are natural lubricants and are anti-inflammatory. Though there are some benefits associated with coconut oil, do bear in mind that it is a saturated fat.
3. Sesame Oil & Lemon
Sesame oil is used widely in China and India for a variety of health problems, both internally and externally. It seems to help prevent muscles spasms and for that reason, can relieve some of the pain associated with arthritic or injured knees. We recommend massaging it into the joints at least once a day. Gently warming the oil can provide an extra soothing element.
4. Mustard Oil
Straight mustard oil, though it sounds like food, is not actually safe for eating. (Mustard essential oil, on the other hand, is okay to consume.) Mixed with a milder carrier oil, like olive or coconut, either type of mustard oil can be great when massaged into painful knees. It is thought to promote blood flow and reduce inflammation, thereby soothing pain.
The carrots’ orange hue comes from beta-carotene, an antioxidant known to reduce inflammation. Carrots also contain vitamin A, another powerful anti-inflammatory compound. The effects seem stronger when carrots are cooked, but you can also get benefits by eating them raw.
Ginger contains a compound called gingerol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that reduces swelling and muscle pain as well. It too can be eaten or massaged in the skin. Luckily, it smells and tastes great! Ginger is effective in both fresh and dried/powdered form, so go ahead and sprinkle it into soups, stir fries, and the batter for baked goods.