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5 anti-inflammatory foods to help ease rheumatoid arthritis pain

Nadine Watters
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If you suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), reducing inflammation, which causes painful joints, is a critical part of your treatment plan. Thankfully, there are several delicious anti-inflammatory foods that can be your best friend in this strategy.

Read on for a list of foods, spices and other eats that can help:

1. Extra virgin olive oil

Rich in the omega-9 fatty oleic acid known for tamping down inflammation, olive oil is an important part of your dining habits. The fact that it is also healthy for your heart and brain is just an added bonus! (1)

Use it liberally in your diet, for example, as part of a homemade dressing for a freshly made salad. Yum!

2. Nuts and seeds

Known as a delicious snack food, nuts are loaded with nutrients and inflammation-busting monounsaturated fat and protein. (2)

Grab a handful of almonds, pine nuts, or walnuts every day to help keep inflammation at bay.

In the world of seeds, it’s hard to beat flaxseeds, a powerhouse plant-source of omega-3 fatty acids, known for anti-inflammatory properties. (3) Sprinkle some on your cereal or yogurt for a rich, nutty taste to your meals.

3. Turmeric

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Studies have shown that the colorful, delicious spice often used in Indian cuisine, turmeric, is now recognized as a potent fighter more powerful than NSAIDs in the battle against pain and inflammation. (4)

Have some fun with your cooking by experimenting with this exotic, delicious spice!

4. Fresh, colorful produce

Antioxidants are significant part of any anti-inflammation diet. Colorful veggies and fruits, rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, are packed with antioxidants. (5)

Delectable choices that are high in inflammation-fighting antioxidants include:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Melons
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Yellow squash
  • Peppers
  • Oranges

5. Healthy whole grains

According to studies reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating whole grain foods can reduce inflammation. (6)

Consumption of whole-grain goodies such as brown rice, whole-grain bread and other grains helps level out the typical blood sugar rise following meals. In addition, it tamps down on cytokines, (7) which can be an enemy when active in RA patients.

Cytokines are part of a group of proteins with effects on cells, and they can be part of a process that triggers inflammation. (8)


Bottom line, if you are suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, there is much to be said for consuming a diet chock-full of nutrients, in other words – eat a healthy diet to ensure optimum health! This is a huge step toward overall physical health in general, as we all know.

However, including powerful anti-inflammatory foods and spices in your diet can go a long way in helping you calm your RA inflammation.

Make sure on your next grocery shopping trip to load up on the foods discussed here to help you in your fight to keep RA symptoms at bay.


Sources for this article include:
(1) www.healthline.com
(2) www.arthritistoday.org
(3) www.healwithfood.org
(4) news.therawfoodworld.com
(5) www.webmd.com
(6) ajcn.nutrition.org
(7) www.health.harvard.edu
(8) www.medicinenet.com

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