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Arthritis and Diet

Posted Nov 18 2008 7:30am

There is a great deal of advice about diet and nutritional supplements for arthritis and rheumatism in magazines, books, and on the internet. Much of it is confusing. Claims are made for many food supplements and diets, suggesting that they help with arthritis.

Some of the advice, particularly on the internet, is given by companies who produce food supplements, and who have an obvious interest in you buying their products!

The Arthritis Research Campaign says the right diet can certainly help some people with arthritis and rheumatism. For example, if you are overweight and suffer from arthritis, one of the most important things you can do to help yourself is to change the amount and type of food you eat. Recent research has also discovered several new links between arthritis and diet.

Current evidence suggests that oily fish is likely to be beneficial if you have an inflammatory type of arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis). Oily fish helps protect against heart disease and is good for your health in general, but the strongest evidence that it can help arthritis relates to inflammatory arthritis. Salmon is a great source.

You also want avoid sugars. And like mom always said, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are ALWAYS good for you!

 Dr. Dominic Gaziano - Dr.  G
         The Feel Good Health Guy
         Health & Wellness Expert

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