Can Pineapple Cravings Be A Sign Of Ra?


Asked by Kays Rhue-MA

Can Pineapple Cravings Be A Sign Of Ra?

About 8 weeks ago I started having symptoms/flare, joint pain, fatigue, etc. at the same time my newfound favorite food came about. Pineapple. I have never craved it before and now I will go out of my way to buy it. How strange is that? My craving led me to google it and I found this website about RA. Yesterday, I was told that I might have RA.


I'm a big believer in our body is telling us what they want and need. In your case, it might be related to the inflammation. Why? Because pineapple contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme, in addition to vitamin C. I've had pineapple cravings myself and for me, it was related to chronic sinus infections due to side effects of being on immunosuppressant medications. Pineapple juice has helped me stay ahead of the sinus infections.

That said, although your body might be telling you that there is an inflammation that need to be taken care of, pineapple juice alone won't do it in terms of treating RA. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease, which means your immune system has gotten its wires crossed and is now attacking the body's healthy tissue. Systemic means that it attacks not only the joints, but also other systems in the body, such as internal organs and the vascular system. At this time there is no cure for RA. However, there are more treatments now than ever before. The earlier you get treated, the better the chances of getting RA under control. In fact, a new class of drugs called the Biologics have made such a difference in rheumatology that they have changed the approach to treating early and aggressively to maximize the chance of going into remission from RA.

If you do get diagnosed with RA, make sure that you talk to your doctor about treating it aggressively. You're still early enough in the process that your chances of getting the disease under control and leading a pretty normal life are very, very good. The medication can sound scary, especially when you look at the side effects, but keep in mind that all medications have potential side effects and that there is no guarantee that you will experience any of the side effects at all. As well, with the exception of the rare and more serious ones, it's quite possible to manage side effects.

Your experience with a pineapple cravings may have made you want to explore alternative remedies. Many people with RA use both Western medicine and alternative treatments, such as naturopathy, acupuncture, and diet changes to manage their symptoms. It's important to keep in mind that to date, and the only thing that has proven effective in controlling RA inflammation is Western medicine. However, alternative medicine can be effective in keeping you as healthy as possible. Just make sure that you discuss any alternative remedies with your rheumatologist. As well, I'd recommend that should you wish to pursue this, you consult a licensed naturopath, as they are experts in e.g., herbal medicine, and can help you avoid any interaction with other meds.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW