Rheumatoid Arthritis: Watch What You Eat

HealthAfter50 | Sep 16th 2016 Sep 28th 2016

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The role of food

A growing body of research suggests that if you have rheumatoid arthritis, what you eat or how you cook it may play a role in reducing—or exacerbating—inflammation and other symptoms.

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Include: Fatty fish

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, such as sardines, salmon, and lake trout, may help reduce joint pain, morning stiffness, and may even let you to take fewer pain medicines.

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Include: Extra virgin olive oil

A substance in some extra-virgin olive oils shows potential as an anti-inflammatory. Drizzle it on whole-grain bread instead of using butter, and use it in your salad dressing.

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Include: Plenty of fiber

Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables have been shown to lower blood levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein.

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Consider: A little alcohol

Studies suggest that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, such as one glass of beer or wine, may reduce the severity of inflammation and joint pain.

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Avoid: Snack foods

Some types of omega-6 fatty acids, found in many snack foods, fried foods, margarine, corn oil, and safflower oil, can increase inflammation.

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Avoid: Meat

Stay away from not only red meat, but also poultry and shellfish. Better choices are plant-based foods like beans, tofu, and lentils.

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Avoid: Frying

Try baking or broiling your food instead.