Since rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be painful, many patients are continually looking for the best remedies to improve their condition. The good news is that there are certain foods that can significantly help manage symptoms.
Several studies have suggested the connection between inflammation and foods.
The Arthritis Foundation has provided nutritional guidelines for RA patients on its website. Although the cure for the condition has not yet been found, patients may be able to reduce the severity of their symptoms by eating certain foods.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, eating a well-balanced diet is the best approach to food for patients with RA. Focus on eating plant-based foods and ensure that two-thirds of your diet comes from whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
The other third should include lean sources of protein and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
Ruth Frechman, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and a registered dietitian, suggests that RA patients should consume food items that have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish. This includes mackerel, trout, herring, tuna and salmon.
“Fish oil is considered to be the most promising anti-inflammatory in food,” says Frechman.
Studies also showed that consuming fiber may significantly reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the blood.
CRP is an indicator of inflammation.
It is best that you eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are high in fiber. Strawberries, for instance, are believed to positively affect CRP levels.
Extra-virgin olive oil is also recommended, as it is believed to reduce inflammation in the same way that NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin do.
Olive oil contains oleocanthal, a compound that stops enzymes from causing inflammation.
Be sure to check with your physician before making food changes in your diet.
Source: Arthritis Foundation