How can diet affect arthritis?

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, “There’s no miracle diet for arthritis, many foods can help fight inflammation and improve joint pain and other symptoms.

A diet that is rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and beans, but low in processed foods and saturated fat, is great for overall health and can also help manage disease activity. It is because these are the principles of the Mediterranean diet, which is frequently touted for its anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting powers.”

Harvard Health also states, “Dietary fats can influence inflammation, a major factor in rheumatoid arthritis. This is the type of arthritis that occurs as a result of the body’s immune system mistakenly launching an attack on the joints. Omega-3-rich fish oil may show some benefit in inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies suggest that diets rich in carotenoids decrease inflammation. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as oranges, bell peppers, pumpkins, tangerines, and papayas contain carotenoids called beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin.”

Indian diets which are high in fruits, vegetables, pulses, dals, nuts and whole grains but low in fats, oils and refined foods could also help in reducing inflammation. You must consult your dietitian before changing your diet as you may restrict your food intake unnecessarily or consume too much of certain foods or products (such as mineral supplements) that may have no impact on your condition at all. Some supplements may also interact with your medication, which your doctor can guide you. 

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