February 1, 2013

A Look at a Few Foods that Cause Joint Pain

Painkillers, massages, surgeries, alternative medicine, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy… we have developed over the years a great number of methods in order to help people deal with joint pain, to the point where it seems we consider them to be an unavoidable part of life.

However, it seems that many people have forgotten that it is actually possible to prevent joint pains, and one of the main steps to take towards achieving this prevention is to avoid foods that cause joint pain. To help you out on this glorious quest of defeating or preventing joint pain naturally, here is a look at certain types of foods which are known to contribute to joint pain, whether by causing or amplifying it.

Inflammatory Foods

Capsicum is an ingredient found in red pepper, and consequently, in practically any spicy dish. As it happens, even though capsicum may be useful when it comes to losing weight, it does have a side effect as an inflammatory agent.

In other words, the ingestion of capsicum will contribute to the swelling and inflammation in your joints, worsening the pain you may already be feeling. Other inflammatory foods include tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.

The Downside to Coffee

Don’t kid yourself: even though coffee is commonly consumed by billions of people around the world on a daily basis, it doesn’t change the fact that it is a very powerful stimulant which has for side effect the amplification of joint pain.

As it happens, coffee is quite acidic, especially when consumed with sugar (an ingredient explored below), and filled with inflammatory agents, and they act as was described above.

The Sweet Pain of Sugar

If you are experiencing joint pains, then sit down… I have some news for you. Chances are that you are eating too much sugar. It is without a doubt one of the most effective foods that cause joint pain (effective here meaning it’s good at making you suffer), with the worst part being that it’s present in virtually every drink and many of the meals we consume on a daily basis.

As it happens, sugar is a massive inflammatory agent, and it even works to weaken your immune system. Simply avoiding sugar and replacing it with natural substitutes will do wonders to alleviate your joint pains.

As you can guess, the list of foods that cause joint pain is a bit (actually, much) longer than that, but I decided to stop here for one reason: you simply cannot avoid consuming so many different types of foods and drinks. In this day and age, many of us don’t have complete freedom of choice over what we consume, not to mention that we do have occasional food-related urges that feel so great to satisfy.

If you are going to make some changes to your life, then I guarantee that starting off by eliminating the above three types of food will already prove quite challenging. Once you have taken them out of your life, then you can decide whether or not you want to go deeper. Of course, I have to add that it is entirely possible that your joint pain problems won’t be solved by not eating certain foods, so if they persist, you better visit a doctor.


  1. The other food that may lead to joint pain are soy products, alcohol and soft drinks so keep yourself away from this food products and drinks to keep yourself healthy.

  2. I really love the way information is presented in your post. This is very helpful to people who are having joint pain so that they will avoid foods that cause its pain.I have added you in my social bookmark…and i am waiting for your next post.

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