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Foods for Arthritis

Posted Mar 29 2010 7:00am

Is it possible that you can cure your arthritis by eating the right foods? Or, is it possible to stop eating the wrong foods and experience improvements in your symptoms?

According to the Arthritis Foundation there are more than 100 related conditions that fall under the term of arthritis and only the more common seem to garner any research. And even those forms that have been researched have not seen any cures developed, let alone determining causes.

Arthritis symptoms often appear and disappear without warning. That makes is difficult to determine if you obtained relief due to changes in your . As an arthritis sufferer, you want to feel you have some control over the treatment options based on the relief and benefits it provides and the potential side effects.

Several studies into the relationship between diet and arthritis have concluded that a diets high in empty calories from refined carbohydrates and fat can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Another study concluded that 5% of arthritis patients experienced aggravation of their arthritis symptoms after drinking milk. Other foods that have been shown to worsen arthritis pain include dairy, fats and red meats.

A 1998 study from Finland discovered that adding lactobacillus improved RA symptoms. There is support for this finding in experiments on mice, where mice that were given lactobacillus were not as ikely to develop RA and their immune systems were better able to deal with it if they did.

If you do decide to make changes to your diet it is important to ensure you are not reducing or eliminating important nutrients as a result. If you believe that certain foods or types of food often lead to aggravation of your arthritis symptoms an elimination might be an appropriate approach. Any foods that you think are causing deterioration in your symptoms should be eliminated from your normal diet for several weeks. Then you can start reintroducing them to your diet, one at a time, over a period of time. If you find that the inflammation and pain return, or increase, after a particular food is eaten, then it may be a cause of your problem.

You should perform this test several times to make sure that other factors were not involved. Make sure that you record what foods and when they were eaten and the time and date of any flare-ups of inflammation or pain. Reviewing these records should help you pinpoint any foods that are potential problems for you.

As a starting point, common food groups suspected of aggravating pain are in the nightshade group, which includes tomatoes, eggplant, white potatoes and bell peppers. Others foods to test for include wheat, corn, rye, grapefruit, lemons, eggs, red meat, milk, sugar, cheese and coffee.

Several studies, going back to the 1950’s, have detailed the benefits of fish oil for arthritis symptoms. The beneficial ingredients in fish oil are and omega-6 essential fatty acids, or EFAs. supplements are widely available, but they do have some potential negative side effects, such as gas, upset stomach and a residual fish taste. Many nutritionists recommend getting omega 3’s by eating cold-water fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, bluefish, herring, mullet and anchovies You can read more in our article on for Arthritis

Additionally, research at the University of Manchester found that people with elevated levels of beta-cryptoxanthin, which is related to vitamin A, were 40% less likely to develop arthritis. This nutrient can be found in yellow or orange- fleshed vegetables and fruits and. Beta-cryptoxanthin is thought to enhances skin, bone and immune system health. Vegetables with the highest amounts include peppers, winter squash and pumpkin. Fruits high in beta- cryptoxanthin include persimmons, tangerines, and papayas.

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