The 33 foods proven to relieve rheumatoid arthritis

Foods that have been proven to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

The 33 foods that relieve arthritis

Around 1.7 million Australians suffer from chronic, inflammatory forms of arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness, swelling and pain.

Medication is the usual form of treatment for this form of arthritis, but it doesn’t always work for everybody, and it can be expensive.

Researchers from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar, India have reviewed the existing research, looking at foods that help relieve arthritis, and have established a list of 33 foods proven to help ease symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

The study focused on the foods that were clearly proven to have long-lasting benefits.

The authors list the foods, grouping them under eight categories: fruits, cereals, legumes, whole grains, spices, herbs, oils and miscellaneous.

Fruits include prunes, grapefruits, grapes, blueberries, bananas, pomegranate, mango, peaches and apples.

Cereals include whole oatmeal, whole-wheat bread and whole rice, while the whole grains section adds corn, rye, barley, millets, sorghum and canary seed to the mix.

Spices – including turmeric and ginger – olive oil, fish oil, green tea and yogurt are also among those listed as beneficial. These foods can reduce the level of cytokines, or substances secreted by the immune cells that can cause inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, and reduce oxidative stress, thereby improving the body's ability to fight off toxins.

“Considering that these food are not as expensive as any regular therapeutics, they can be easily incorporated for patients from any societal or economical background,” the researchers explain.

“Although it will be difficult to observe immediate benefits of these dietary manipulations, the long-term benefits are already reported.

“We believe that an ideal meal can include raw or moderately cooked vegetables (lots of greens, legumes), with addition of spices like turmeric and ginger, seasonal fruits, probiotic yogurt; all of which are good sources of natural antioxidants and deliver anti-inflammatory effects.

“The patient should avoid any processed food, high salt, oils, butter, sugar and animal products.

“Dietary supplements like vitamin D, cod liver oil and multivitamins can also help in managing (rheumatoid arthritis).”

Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis? Would you consider changing your diet to relieve your pain?

Read the full study.




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    7th Dec 2017
    As someone who has had Rheumatoid Arthriti since the 1970s, I can tell you not foods or diets have helped in anyway. The Arthritis Societies & the Australian Rheumatologists say there are no diets of foods clinically proven to help. The disease is genetically inherited. If left untreated by disease modyfying drugs, people can be crippled for life. I remember as a child seeing the deformities it caused. People with RA are lucky to have todays drugs.The future does look better for people with RA with newer drugs. But clinical trials have only just begun. However all the foods listed here have been clinically proved NOT to work.
    7th Dec 2017
    All wheat products have been found to be inflammatory, if you accept dietary advice from members of the D.A.A you are actually getting sponsored advice directly from the likes of Kellogs , Nestle manufacturers of most of the highly processed sugary you will find in supermarkets . For instance Sustagen a supposedly healthy food is 50% sugar .

    7th Dec 2017
    There are different types of arthritis, and I don't know about rheumatoid arthritis specifically, but I know that turmeric works for many sufferers of various types of arthritis, including gout. But you have to take it every day and give it a few weeks to start working and you can't take it with drugs. And you should take it raw - not cooked. A half teaspoon in a little water or juice every morning has proven to be an effective treatment for many arthritis sufferers I know. That is not to say it will work for everyone, but it's interesting that in some cultures where it's consumed as part of the daily diet, arthritis and gout are far less common.

    I will always try natural remedies before taking drugs because of the side effects and risks and because I have an inherent distrust of big Pharma - knowing their profit motive is very strong. Also because I've seen abundant evidence that natural remedies work very well for many people. I would never suggest that one shouldn't take drugs, or that they were not essential for some people and some conditions. But neither would I ever dismiss suggestions that diet and, in particular, certain natural remedies can and do work in many situations. I would urge people to least consider trying them, because they are almost always much cheaper and carry far less risk of nasty side-effects.

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