Foods for Rheumatoid Arthritis - What to Eat and What to Avoid


Diet and lifestyle modification can help ease the pain from rheumatism and keep the inflammation to a minimum.

Indeed, for some people, the type of foods they choose to eat can help to give some relief.

It could be worth trying for several months to see if it works or not.

Here is a list of recommendations on diet for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. We've put them in an easy-to-read format.

Foods for rheumatoid arthritis - What to eat

Food types What experts say about them
Omega 3 fatty acids Fish contains fish oil. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil are known to help reduce inflammation. Also consider flaxseed and olive oil. They are also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Green tea Some studies have discovered that catechins, an antioxidant found in green tea, can reduce inflammation of the joints. It may prevent cartilage degeneration as well.

What's so special about pineapple? It is a rich source of an enzyme called bromelain.

Bromelain has been shown to cut down inflammation in joints. It works much like prescription NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) with the side effects.

See Benefits of Bromelain for complete information on this versatile enzyme.

Sulphur containing vegetables Consider vegetables such as onions, garlic, asparagus and cabbage. They are a good source of sulphur, a substance needed to maintain the health of the joints.

Foods for rheumatoid arthritis - What to avoid

Food types What experts say about them
Nightshade vegetables These include eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes. Some studies show that people with rheumatoid arthritis could benefit from eliminating these vegetables from their diet.

Which chemical is involved? Solanine. It is a substance that has been shown to cause inflammation and pain.

Sugar, caffeine and alcohol Avoid these types of food when possible. Some people have reported that they can worsen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Deep-fried foods, fast foods and processed foods

These types of food seem to cause joint inflammation in some people. Why? These foods contain trans-fat.

Not only are they unhealthy for your heart and blood vessels, some evidence suggest they promote inflammation throughout your body.

Saturated fats

Avoid all foods that contain saturated fats. They are believed to trigger inflammation in the body.

Examples of foods high in saturate fats include red meat, cheese and milk.

Tip: Read the product packaging before making a purchase so that you are informed about the nutritional content.

Are there any helpful natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes indeed. Our article Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis reveals many natural supplements and vitamins that may be helpful in reducing inflammation and pain.

It is a worthwhile article to read and will give you an idea of where to begin when looking for natural solutions for inflammation and joint pain.

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Revised: 23.04.2015