Best Foods to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Kangpe Healthcare Services
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Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, sufferers constantly seek relief with drugs and supplements.

While conventional medicine is yet to produce a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, several studies indicate a link between foods and the inflammation that characterizes this condition.

Some tasty anti-inflammatory foods reduce finger pain, ease swollen joints and halt some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

People with Rheumatoid arthritis are advised to have a diet of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits constituting two-third of all they eat.

The remaining one-third should include lean protein sources and low-fat dairy products.
You may need to experiment to see what foods below, work for you.

Below is a list of top 7 foods that are recommended in managing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

1. Turmeric

This deep yellow spice from Asia has flooded markets all around the world. It has several medicinal properties that make it appreciated for more than the flavour it adds to food.
Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant which has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Mustard is a major source of turmeric; it also includes some fiber, protein, and vitamins.

2) Parsley

This easy to grow herb helps in reducing stiffness and joint pain. Parsley contains flavonoids that block inflammation in cells.
Studies have shown that vitamin C rich foods like parsley increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood protect against inflammatory polyarthritis(a form of rheumatoid arthritis).

3) Pineapple

The Pineapple is an abundant fruit in Africa that can help reduce the pains that are caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
The succulent flesh and stem of Pineapples contain bromelain, a digestive enzyme that has been shown to reduce inflammation.

4) Fish

While red meat has a bad reputation for high cholesterol and salt that can trigger inflammations, fish has been regarded by Rheumatologists as the perfect substitute.
Make a protein switch to cold-water fishes like tuna, mackerel, and salmon; they decrease inflammation and reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

5) Green tea

Besides reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease, green tea is rich in diverse bioactive compounds.
A cup of green tea a day may help soothe the joint pain. Green tea has antioxidant properties, which are helpful in targeting inflammatory proteins.

6) Ginger

This analgesic and anti-inflammatory plant contain bioactive compounds that could potentially stop the progress of the disease and reverse the damage caused by it.

7) Healthy oil

Ditch your vegetable oil for healthier alternatives like olive oil, avocado oils and coconut oil.
You can make most meals with olive oil; it is rich in omega-9 fatty acids that help to reduce inflammation in joints.

If you are taking medications and will like to change your diet or add supplements, ensure you consult a doctor to avoid negative drug interactions.

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Published Thursday, July 20th 2017

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