Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ranks amongst the top of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases. The cure to this disease hasn’t been found yet but various studies and experiments have shown that eating a certain kind of diet and avoiding some types of food can help reduce inflammation, which is at the core of arthritis.
A healthy diet for reducing inflammation related to RA begins with cutting back on inflammatory foods including sugar and processed food containing highly-saturated fats. Patients often report that their joints feel less sore after they have given up sugar.
The second part is to include foods that decrease inflammation, thus decreasing joint soreness, discomfort and morning aches. The best foods would be fish such as tuna, herring, trout, salmon, and mackerel because they contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Moreover, extra-virgin olive oil and foods containing high levels of fiber such as fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains may also help reduce inflammation.
Vegetarian diets also soothe arthritis-related inflammation. Conversely, meats – fried and grilled at high temperatures – have been found to aggravate arthritis inflammation.
So, making a few simple changes to your diet can alleviate the stiffness and inflammation related to arthritis. Dr. Humeira Badsha from Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center, Dubai, UAE, has published important research on this topic in the Bentham Open journal, The Open Rheumatology Journal.
To read the research, view: Role of Diet in Influencing Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity