Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease affecting the joints. Most people with arthritis take anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers every day, but have you ever thought about how foods might either aggravate or alleviate the symptoms?

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Foods that reduce inflammation or have antioxidant properties can be especially beneficial for people with arthritis. These are foods like:

Fruits and vegetables, like blueberries and spinach

Spices, like turmeric and ginger

Fish and nuts that provide omega-3 fatty acids

Extra virgin olive oil

Green tea

Foods that promote a healthy gut microbiome can also indirectly benefit people with arthritis because of the microbiome’s influence on immune function and inflammation. These are foods like:

Fruits and veggies that are high in fiber

Yogurt, kefir, or other foods rich in probiotics

On the other hand, foods that promote inflammation are best avoided in anybody with arthritis. These are foods like:

Sugary drinks

Hydrogenated oils and trans fats

Processed and refined foods

Gluten

Too much red meat

Nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, eggplant) present problems for some people with arthritis

There is also research to suggest that some supplements (like vitamin D, probiotics, and others) may help to support joint health. The takeaway here? Just because you have a diagnosis of a chronic or autoimmune condition does not mean that it has to control your life. You can profoundly influence your quality of life by the choices you make and the foods you eat.

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Reference
Gioia C, Lucchino B, Tarsitano MG, Iannuccelli C, Di Franco M. Dietary Habits and Nutrition in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can Diet Influence Disease Development and Clinical Manifestations. Nutrients. 2020; 12: E1456.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32443535/