Foods That Relieve Arthritis

A review of existing research, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, lists foods that, the authors say, have been proven to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the long-term.

The researchers, who were from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar, India, reviewed “research from several laboratory experiments under different conditions” and confined their selections to foods they were persuaded studies had shown to be effective in treating arthritis symptoms.

They identified 33 foods and grouped them into eight categories: fruits, cereals, legumes, whole grains, spices, herbs, oils, and miscellaneous. Some of the foods are rather unfamiliar to a western audience, such as the herbs sallaki (or shallaki) and ashwagandha, but others are well known. In the fruits section are prunes, grapefruit, grapes, blueberries, bananas, pomegranates, mangoes, peaches, and apples. Cereals include whole oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and whole rice. In the whole grains section are corn, rye, barley, millet, sorghum, and canary seed (which is safe and healthful for humans). Turmeric and ginger are recommended spices, and other foods include olive oil, fish oil, green tea, and yogurt.

According to Bhawna Gupta, PhD, one of the authors, “Supporting disease management through food and diet does not pose any harmful side effects and is relatively cheap and easy.” The authors speculate that drug companies might use their study as a springboard for developing “nutraceuticals” that are derived from natural substances.

Want to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis? Read “Steps to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare-Ups” and “Managing Sleep Problems in RA.”

Joseph Gustaitis is a freelance writer and editor based in the Chicago area.

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