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What helps with cartilage?

I have Costochondritis from a wreck years ago and it get's very annoying when I know I shouldn't pick up something heavy but I don't have time to wait for someone to help me. I will need a push from my husband getting out of bed the next morning. The cartilage gets inflamed so what will help with that? Also, I have ITBS from a fall years ago as well, what helps with the aches? I am a Kinesiology major so I have things to help with it physically but I want to know about the nutrients and foods.

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3 years ago

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Sounds like anti-inflammatory foods would help reduce any inflammation:

Regarding can take action to reduce joint pain and build collagen which may be helpful to you. Foods rich in vitamin C (broccoli, peppers, strawberries, oranges, and leafy greens), and vitamin A (carrots, sweet potato, leafy greens), plant-based protein (almonds, hemp seeds, beans, lentils, other nuts and seeds), and anti-inflammatory omega-3s (fish, walnuts, hemp and chia seeds) and certain oils (cold pressed coconut, olive, almond) are all great additions to a joint-friendly diet.

In addition, three supplements that you may want to asks your Dr. about are:
MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane) is a flexible bond between proteins for your hair, skin, joints, tendons and cartilage.
Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body and helps maintain connective tissues and cartilage.
Chondroitin is also found naturally in your joints where it helps your body attract fluid into the cartilage.

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