Foods Proven to Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis

We all know that food is medicine, but many people may not realize just how incredibly therapeutic some foods are. And, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there’s more reason than ever to improve your diet. That’s because new research found that certain foods can significantly reduce the pain, inflammation and even slow the progression of the disease.

Considering that approximately 1 percent of the world’s population suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic and debilitating disease that causes significant suffering and a reduced life span, the study findings offer hope and improved health for many people.

Findings in the medical journal Frontiers in Nutrition first examined a variety of diets on RA and found that a recent study identified the best foods to eat to alleviate RA. I’ll save you the trouble of searching through the list for bacon or your favorite pastries. You simply won’t find them there. And while they are not specifically named, both animal products and sugar were found to aggravate the disease. Here are some of the best foods that improve rheumatoid arthritis:

Foods that Heal Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fruits

Apples, bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, grapes, mangoes, peaches, pomegranates and prunes. While there may be many others, these were the ones that have been studied and found to benefit arthritics.

Vegetables

The study found that a vegan diet high in many vegetables was highly beneficial for arthritis sufferers, but did not identify specific vegetables.

Grains

Whole oats, whole wheat, rice, corn, barley, millet, sorghum and canary seed.

Legumes

Black soybeans, black lentils.

Spices

Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon

Oils

Olive oil, black currant seed oil and fish oil.

Others

Green tea, probiotics and yogurt, frankincense (Boswellia serrata), ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera), holy basil.

Other Dietary Recommendations

The researchers concluded based on reviewing many other studies that the ideal diet for those suffering from rheumatoid is one that is:

-High in raw or moderately cooked vegetables

-High in greens and legumes

-Includes seasonal fruits

-Includes spices like ginger and turmeric

-Includes yogurt rich in live cultures

Foods that Aggravate Arthritis

On the flip side, they also identified foods that aggravated the disease and recommended that they be avoided. These foods include:

-All processed foods

-High salt

-All oils other than olive oil and fish oil (the scientists also found that black currant seed oil in supplement form was helpful for arthritics)

-Butter

-Alcohol

-Sugar

-Animal products

In other words, a vegan or vegetarian diet (with yogurt if desired) and free of processed foods and sugar was the ideal diet for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to eat healthier by simply adding increasing amounts of fruits and vegetables into your diet. You may notice some short-term bloating or flatulence as you increase the amount of fiber in your diet and as the microbes in your gut become more balanced, but keep in mind that these symptoms will subside as your body adjusts to the healthier diet.

Considering that eat a plant-based diet is both an affordable and an accessible option for most people, not to mention that it offers many other beneficial side effects, it is always worth making the effort to eat healthier. Your body, and especially your joints, will thank you for the effort.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of ScentsationalWellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN h2 days ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 days ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 days ago

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Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

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Jack Y6 months ago

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Jack Y6 months ago

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John B8 months ago

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D8 months ago

I have RA and appreciate any articles about it

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