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Foods That Treat Arthritis

Updated on April 22, 2011
A hand with rheumatoid arthritis
A hand with rheumatoid arthritis
switching to a vegetarian diet can help with rheumatoid arthritis.
switching to a vegetarian diet can help with rheumatoid arthritis.

There are numerous persons worldwide who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. However, most arthritis sufferers do not know that their arthritis flare ups may be linked to their diets. What we eat can negatively or positively impact an existing health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or can even be the cause of common health problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

As a result, it is crucial that you craft a comprehensive health plan which will address not only treating your rheumatoid arthritis through medication, but one that also treats rheumatoid arthritis through the foods you eat and don’t eat.

If you have been struggling with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and you are looking for relief through diet, there are many foods you can add to your diet which will help to relieve the pain.


Cutting meat from your diet may help to relieve your arthritis pain and symptoms. By adopting a vegetarian diet you may be well on your way to decreased pain and discomfort as evidenced by a 62-year old New Jersey rheumatoid arthritis sufferer who found relief after switching to a vegetarian diet. Not only that, but meat and the oils they contain and are fried in seem to trigger arthritis pain. So try going vegetarian for arthritis relief.



Ginger, turmeric and cloves have anti-inflammatory properties that work well against arthritis. In fact, there are many who believe that ginger in particular works better than prescription medicine used to treat arthritis. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) prescribed to treat arthritis works by blocking hormones that trigger inflammation. However, spices such as ginger not only block these hormones but also blocks acid build-up in the joints.


Garlic has been shown in studies to impact the hormone that controls inflammation. Research also shows that garlic offered relief from joint pain in people suffering from osteoarthritis. Therefore, try to incorporate more garlic in your diet if you are suffering from arthritis.

Oily Fish

The key to relieving arthritis pain is to increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods. As a result, it follows that that oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna and herring are potent fighters against arthritis. These oily fish are among the most anti-inflammatory foods available as they are rich in the wonderfully healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

As sure as these foods can help relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain there are sure to be some foods that make the pain of arthritis worse. Fatty foods high in omega-6 fatty acids have been shown to trigger arthritis pain. Other foods you may want to avoid include milk, corn and wheat.


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