Have You Had Your Weetabix ™?
(Other high fibre breakfast cereals are available!)
While none of us are going to live forever, ageing gracefully is something we should all strive for – not from an aesthetic point of you but from a purely pragmatic one. After all, when your body packs up because you’ve not been giving it the nutrients it needs, are you really going to care if you have wrinkles on your face as well?
With that in mind, you might want to stock your kitchen cupboards with lots of fibre-rich cereal this week (and from thereafter), since a new study from Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany has just found that eating lots of fibre can help make your bones stronger and can help ease symptoms of inflammatory joint issues like arthritis.
Lead author of the study Dr Mario Zaiss had this to say:
“Our findings offer a promising approach for developing innovative therapies for inflammatory joint diseases, as well as for treating osteoporosis, which is often suffered by women after the menopause.”
While there’s currently no dietary cure for conditions like arthritis, you can ease your symptoms by eating certain foods. Fill your plates with the likes of salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna, all of which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are known to help reduce inflammation.
You can also increase the amount of fatty acids in your diet by using more oil. Extra virgin olive oil, for example, is fully of healthy fats that are good for your heart, while walnut oil is also very rich in omega-3s. Avocado oil might be a new one for some but it can also help to lower cholesterol – so don’t let anyone ever tell you that oil isn’t good for your health! In fact, new research into coconut oil is very promising too and that’s better than olive oil for cooking with.
So get some oily fibre down you, you’ll thank me for that advice when you get old!