If you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, you know how painful it can be. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of joints due to unknown causes and runs for a long time. It can strike anyone at any age. Its onset includes symptoms like vague joint pains, muscle pains, fatigue, weakness, and joint stiffness. Over time, it leads to joint swelling especially that of fingers, wrist, elbows, ankle, and knees.
It affects approximately 10 people in 1000. It is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and a reduced life expectancy of 3-10 years.
One of the most common questions people with arthritis ask is “Can arthritis be cured through diet’? Unfortunately, there is no specific diet to cure arthritis but certain food behaviours may help slow down joint inflammation and keep joint pain in check.
RA is an auto-immune disease, (a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.) But researches have shown that diet low in antioxidants and smoking has been associated with the development of RA over time. Patients with RA have been found taking a diet low in energy, macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats) but high in saturated fat.
WHOLE GRAINS: These are rich in fiber that helps you in keeping your weight in check and also have anti-inflammatory properties. These include whole wheat, barley, rye, brown rice, corn, quinoa, millets. People with gluten sensitivity may need to avoid wheat, barley, and rye.
There is no specific and single arthritis diet. What works for you may not work for others. Keeping a record with trial and error method with different types of food will work the best for you.
In general, having a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy body weight will help you the best. Always take the help of a qualified nutritionist to keep your RA symptoms in check and religiously follow the instructions and the medication prescribed.
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