Joint Protection From Within Many bikers would agree that joint pain is perhaps the least physical problem they would encounter. This is due to the fact that the bicycle will absorb most of the impact during a cycling activity and because the bicycle will take on the weight of the cyclist. This however does not assure that cyclists are well protected against joint pains and related physical problems. The joints are among the other parts of the body not protected by cycling helmets so it’s still important to take precautionary measures to avoid joint pains. The most common form of joint pain that a cyclist may encounter is arthritis, especially osteoarthritis. Cycling helmets of the best kinds won’t be able to protect any cyclist from osteoarthritis. This disease is also known as degenerative arthritis. This joint disease is characterised by the degradation of joints. Some of its symptoms are joint pain, stiffness, tenderness, locking of the joints and effusion. Osteoarthritis may be hereditary or maybe developed over time. Treating osteoarthritis includes physical rehabilitation through exercises, medication, and changing the lifestyle especially the eating habit that may induce and worsen osteoarthritis. A surgery may also be implemented in severe cases. Because cycling equipment specifically cycling helmets do not necessarily protect the joints it is advised to have a healthy eating habit to deter the degeneration of joints that is often associated with aging. Here are some of the foods that will help promote healthy joints. Unlike cycling helmets that cyclist must put on before a cycling event, these foods must be taken in regular basis forming a part of a daily diet. The natural anti-inflammatory from salmon, tuna, and mackerel are very good in relieving pain caused by arthritis in general. It is also known to repair broken tissues and damaged joints. It is also a good source of vitamin D. Including cherries in your daily diet will also help you to avoid arthritis and provide a healing effect of the pains caused by osteoarthritis. Cherries are very good source of anthocyanidins and flavonoids which reduces the level of uric acid in affected joints. If you think about putting on the right cycling helmets, you must also think of eating the right foods to protect yourself against arthritis. Food rich in beta carotene must also comprise the daily diet of cyclists. Some of the foods rich in beta carotene are carrots, sweet potato, melon, mango, and papaya. Beta carotene is known to reduce the pain caused by some types of arthritis.