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Reduce Arthritis Inflammation With These 5 Delicious Foods

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Arthritis comes in many forms. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks joints. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage between joints wears away. But no matter the type, arthritis is always a disease of inflammation.

Anything that helps fight inflammation in the body could be an effective way to treat it — including food!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that a Mediterranean style diet could help with arthritis, according to Prevention.com. Though the number of studies showing this are limited, experts believe that the diet can help reduce inflammation in the body, and thus tame arthritis.

Here are five foods to help treat arthritis and manage its symptoms:

1) Cold water fish

Fish like salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and halibut are packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids reduce the inflammation in the body by suppressing the production of certain proteins and enzymes which wear away cartilage.

These foods can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and numerous studies have shown that participants who consumed an diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids had more strength and less fatigue.

Participants also experienced reduction in joint swelling, tenderness, morning stiffness and pain, compared to those on a regular diet, according to nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, Joy Bauer.

So add these fish to your diet and enjoy them at least twice a week to reap the health benefits. According to the American Heart Association, each serving should be 3.5 ounce cooked, or about ¾ cup of flaked fish.

2) Olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil contains fats that can protect the body against inflammation. EVOO is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help reduce arthritis-related inflammation.

Add olive oil it to your salad dressings, drizzle it over your dishes, and enjoy it in your cooking. Just make sure you use it in place of other oils and fats and not in addition to them! Moderation is key here.

3) Broccoli

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Paying more attention to the foods you eat — especially those that reduce inflammation and have lots of antioxidants — may ease your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Though research is limited and needs to be confirmed with larger scale, double-blind studies, most people can add these foods to their diet without any side effects. Still, if you’re taking medications and want to add supplements or change your diet, talk to your doctor first to rule out any negative interactions with your rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan.

October 7, 2016 - 12:01am
EmpowHER Guest

Grains lol..... I've removed grains from my diet and my psoriatic arthritis has gone. I'm off my medications too. It's taken me 15 years of trial and error but I've got there. Grains are the enemy and there's plenty of evidence online to proof this.

Really sites like yours shouldn't be promoting foods that cause arthritis.

May 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon,

Glad you have found a diet that helps you.

Whole grains are not the same as consuming white bread or if a person knows they have sensitivity to grains.  

According to Arthritis.org.

Whole Grains

One quarter of your plate should be filled with whole grains -- foods made with the entire grain kernel, including whole-wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal, whole cornmeal and brown rice. Whole grains can lower C-reactive protein levels in the blood. Try to eat 3 ounces of whole grains daily by switching from white bread to whole wheat, and using whole-grain cereals and pastas.

Some people might want to be careful about the types of whole grains they eat, though. Gluten—a protein found in wheat and other grains—has been linked to inflammation. Although the research hasn’t proven a link, if gluten bothers you, switch to gluten-free whole grains like brown rice, buckwheat, and quinoa.



May 27, 2015 - 8:49am
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