2. Arthritis: Diet
  • Arthritis: Diet

    Eating to Help Arthritis

    Smart food choices and healthy fats may help alleviate arthritis symptoms.

    Even if you cannot cure arthritis with food, the right kind of diet may help alleviate your symptoms. Keep in mind that one man's meat is another man's poison. Individual preferences and habits as well as allergies should always be taken into account.

    • Think Long-Term, Not Quick Fix

      One thing is true for everyone suffering from arthritis: Being overweight is a strain both on weight-bearing joints and on the immune system. Because fasting and crash diets should be avoided, it's better to modify your eating habits in order to get permanent effects. This means that if you carry excess weight, decrease your calorie intake and adopt a balanced diet containing all the necessary food groups, vitamins and minerals that keep you healthy.

    • Choose Healthy Fats

      Another important step is to decrease your intake of sugar and fat and eat more vegetables. You don't have to cut down on all fats, though: Monounsaturated fats (like those found in olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (those in flaxseed and sunflower oil) are actually good for you. Saturated fats, mainly contained in meat and dairy products, should not be eaten in excess. Omega-3 fats, part of the polyunsaturated fat groups, may help curb inflammation. They can be found in oily fish, flaxseed, canola oil and leafy green vegetables.

    • Consult Your Doctor

      Before you drastically change your diet, check with your doctor to see whether your medication is interacting with your diet and what else you can do to help your body deal with arthritis.