What Is A Good Diet For Someone With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains: 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, painful, inflammatory disease that affects joints and connective tissue. Currently there is no magic elixir to cure RA, but several studies seem to show a connection between certain foods and the inflammation that characterizes this autoimmune condition.

According to the USDA, RA diet should be centered on plant-based foods. Approximately two-thirds of your diet should come from fruits, vegetables and whole grains and the other third should include fat-free/low-fat dairy products with lean sources of protein.

People with RA have higher levels of substances called cytokines that increase inflammation in the body. Polyunsaturated fats especially omega-3 fatty acids help suppress cytokines, decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and other inflammatory chemicals.

Foods to eat

  • Baked/Grilled (to prevent Omega 3 loss) fish like salmon, herring, sardines, and anchovies.
  • Walnuts, canola oil, and soybeans.
  •  Blueberries, blackberries, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, oranges, broccoli, and melons. They contain flavonoids and carotenoids which are powerful anti-oxidants useful in fighting inflammation.
  • Whole-wheat pasta, breads, shellfish and crab contain selenium, an inflammation-fighting antioxidant. Whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, and barley lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation in the body. Eating whole grains instead of refined grains helps manage your weight at a normal level, thus taking pressure off your joints.
  •  A compound in olive oil stops the production of the chemicals that induce inflammation. Always opt for extra-virgin olive oil as they contain the highest content of health-promoting nutrients.
  • Vitamin D, usually associated with calcium and protection against osteoporosis may also help lower the risk of RA in older women by regulating the immune system. Good sources of vitamin D include eggs, fortified breads, cereals and low-fat milk.

When considering RA it is important to maintain healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Additional supplements can be taken according to your current physiological make-up upon consultation from your doctor.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Sandi Santschi Menzel
Sandi Santschi Menzel 5pts

Stop flour, sugar, soda and artificial sweetners. All my pains went away after several months of eating low carb and no toxins.

Mônica Velloso
Mônica Velloso 5pts

Vou procurar aqui em BSB. Obrigada pela dica de novo!!!

Mônica Moura Cardoso
Mônica Moura Cardoso 5pts

Querida, tente também a massagem de ayurveda. Soube do caso de uma pessoa que tinha dores por todo o corpo e que após 2 meses de tratamento começou a correr na praia

Mônica Velloso
Mônica Velloso 5pts

Obrigada Mônica Moura Cardoso, é muito carinhoso da sua parte. Muito do que é dito na dieta eu tenho seguido porque faz parte do VP e tenho de fato sentido muito menos dores. Beijo

Meghan Mully
Meghan Mully 5pts

Jess Hal Wood you probably already know this, but just in case...

urbancowgrrl 5pts

This is very interesting because I've had RA for most of my life (since I was a child) and the foods you listed are all foods that I crave (so of course I eat quite a bit).