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?
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
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:
Hydrogenated oils and trans fats
Processed and refined foods
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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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/