What Is an Arthritis Diet?
An arthritis diet focuses on incorporating foods that can help reduce the production of inflammation-producing chemicals in your body. Whether you have an inflammatory form of the disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, or a type that causes, but is not caused by inflammation, like osteoarthritis, controlling and reducing inflammation is essential to reducing pain, stiffness, and swelling.
As a blueprint for a long-term healthy eating pattern, an arthritis diet can be a helpful way to help manage arthritis and its symptoms, especially when used in combination with medication and other lifestyle changes. It is so helpful in reducing inflammation that it is also sometimes used for other conditions. When it is, this way of eating is referred to by its more general name, the anti-inflammatory diet.
Though following an arthritis diet has become an increasingly popular way to manage the condition, there is actually a lack of high-quality research on its effects. Most of the research has been done on animals and individual components of the diet rather than controlled studies and those that pair a control group with a test group.
Submitted by Pat France, MSRN Member and a senior