Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

Diet and nutrition are one of the essential components of rheumatoid arthritis care. Research and clinical data suggest that flaring or aggravation of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms is associated with certain diets or allergens in certain foods. Controlling the diet helps in reducing the inflammatory impulse that eventually helps in optimal management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical surveys indicate that approximately 33 to 75% individuals have well established association of flaring of RA symptoms with certain foods or triggers

What are the essentials of rheumatoid arthritis diet?

Ideally, it is recommended to study your methods and modes of nutrition and learn the association of flaring with certain foods.The flaring of rheumatoid arthritis is mostly a result of an imbalance between the production of anti inflammatory mediators and pro inflammatory mediators. By increasing the consumption of nutritional or supplemental form of omega 3 fatty acids, you can reduce the production of inflammatory mediators. This eventually helps in decreasing the frequency and severity of autoimmune responses.

For best results

– Try to consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in anti oxidants and healthy vitamins and minerals that control inflammatory process and reduce the intensity of flaring.

– Minimize your intake of processed or unhealthy foods that may contain potential allergens to aggravate the inflammatory process even further.

– Reduce your body weight if you have a body mass index of 25 kg/m2 or higher. This is because the excessive weight put more pressure and stress on your connective tissues to enhance trauma. However, it is strongly recommended to adopt healthy methods of weight loss. This is because sometimes high stress levels can also induce an acute attack of rheumatoid arthritis by directly affecting the production in inflammatory mediators.

– Minimize your intake of meat products especially red meat that produces uric acid and other allergens, toxins, chemicals and reactive oxygen species. Most people respond remarkably to Mediterranean or vegetarian diet

– Consider taking a healthy nutritional or vitamin supplements. Intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, calcium and zinc supplementation are associated with less severe flaring and overall great health.

To learn more about the diet for rheumatoid arthritis and herbal remedies of rheumatoid arthritis in the long term management, review the guidelines listed in this video link below:


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Researchers believe that paleo diet is also very helpful in this regard. Also suggested because, most inflammatory or joints diseases are a result of unhealthy,. Processed and genetically altered diet, to learn more about the modification of your symptoms by rheumatoid arthritis diet and some paleo guidelines, refer to this video.



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