Johns Hopkins Finds Food-RA Connection

More confirmation that we were right all along – food and RA go together. Despite the mountain of research evidence and an increasing number of headlines linking diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis, the medical-arthritis establishment still doesn’t quite get it. Food is not A cause of RA symptoms, it is THE cause. Moreover, there is no one size fits all remedy. The solution is personal to each body, a do-it-yourself project that doesn’t require risking our lives with lethal pharmaceuticals.

Sooner or later, they will have to give in and acknowledge what we’ve known for a long time: RA is a food sensitivity disorder.

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Johns Hopkins Health Alert

If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis: Watch What You Eat

A growing body of research suggests that if you have rheumatoid arthritis, what you eat or how you cook it may play a role in reducing — or exacerbating — inflammation and other symptoms. The good news is that simple dietary changes may improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Foods to add to your diet. Certain foods may help reduce the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. Try adding the following ingredients to your diet:

  • Fish oil. Several studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, help reduce joint pain, morning stiffness and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Adding fish to your diet may enable you to lower the amount of pain medications you take. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, herring, trout and tuna.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil. Oleocanthal, a substance in some extra-virgin olive oils, shows potential as an anti-inflammatory. One study found that oleocanthal mimics the effects of NSAIDs.
  • Fiber. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables — all high in fiber — have been shown to lower blood levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein.

In addition, a study published in the journal Rheumatology suggests that drinking alcohol may reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms, such as inflammation, joint pain, swelling and damage. If you drink, always do so in moderation — no more than two drinks per day for men, one drink per day for women. Individuals over 65 should drink less.

Foods to avoid. Some foods and cooking techniques may increase the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. Cut back on:

  • Snack foods and meat. Some types of omega-6 fatty acids, found in many snack foods, fried foods, margarine, meats, corn oil and safflower oil, can increase inflammation.
  • Frying and grilling. Some evidence indicates that frying or grilling meat at high temperatures produces compounds that may increase inflammation. Try baking and broiling your food instead.

If you suspect that certain foods worsen your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, try eliminating them from your diet and then gradually reintroduce them. Note any changes in your symptoms and modify your diet accordingly.

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