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When Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Ate THIS Diet, They Had Less Joint Pain, Swelling and Tenderness

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease that’s associated with painful and inflamed joints. It typically affects our smaller joints, such as those in our fingers and ankles. If left untreated, it can result in bone erosion deformed joints. Studies have shown that making certain dietary choices can help treat rheumatoid arthritis. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet


Foods to avoid

According to the results of a survey answered by over 1, 000 arthritis patients, the following foods worsen the condition:

  • Red meat
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Fats
  • Caffeine
  • Nightshade plants (e.g. tomatoes, eggplant)
  • Dairy products

Foods to stock up on 


These foods have been found to help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish 
  • Foods rich in antioxidants and fiber (colourful fruits and vegetables)
  • Gluten-free and vegan diets
  • Nuts and seeds

Like many things related to your health, diet plays a crucial role in the development of or protection against rheumatoid arthritis. By making conscious food choices, you can avoid foods that will make your body more susceptible to pain and inflammation, and instead munch on foods that have been categorized as anti-inflammatory. 

The following video explains how indulging in a plant-based diet can also help reduce the pain and swelling that comes with rheumatoid arthritis. 

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