Amelia Grant

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7 Superfoods That Can Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation

Rheumatoid arthritis consists of two periods: remission and relapse. The main goal of RA treatment is to reduce the frequency of relapses (periods when the disease is active). During MS relapse, a person usually experiences pain, joint swelling, stiffness, fatigue, and other unpleasant symptoms. MS relapse occurs when chronic overall inflammation increases. Fortunately, you can do certain things to decrease that inflammation. 

Although, research hasn’t yet established that changing diet will definitely decrease the severity of RA symptoms, however, some scientists suggest that it might be helpful. Moreover, some studies showed that there are foods that can worsen RA symptoms and increase the frequency of flares as well as foods that can help reduce inflammation. Here are some superfoods that can help you reduce RA-induced inflammation:

1. Whole grains 
Whole grains are one of the best sources of fiber and other essential nutrients like potassium, selenium, and magnesium. In fact, a diet high in whole grains has been associated with effective weight management, which is also an important part of rheumatoid arthritis treatment

2. Green tea 
Green is a well-known powerhouse of different antioxidants and flavonoids that are known to reduce inflammation. According to a study in August 2017 in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, the consumption of green tea has an overall anti-inflammatory effect. Plus, scientists have also found that regular intake of green tea has been linked to lesser disease activity. 

3. Cherry juice 
According to a  study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, intake of Montmorency tart cherry juice lowers the levels of uric acid and increases the levels of specific anthocyanins (a type of antioxidant).  

4. Olive oil 
Scientists have become interested in the anti-inflammatory effects of olive oil, since those who consume a traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, seem to suffer from fewer conditions linked to inflammation, like degenerative joint diseases or diabetes.

It has been found that oleocanthal, a compound contained in extra-virgin olive oil, has the ability to suppress the same pain pathway as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, which makes it a great oil for use in cooking foods, or in recipes such as salad dressings as part of your daily management plan when living with pain.

5. Carrots 
It's time to add some carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes to your shopping list as well. These and other orange-hued veggies are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which are believed to lower overall inflammation. Cooking seems to increase the availability of these compounds. To get the most benefit, consume these veggies regularly in recommended serving sizes rather than overdoing it by eating them in large quantities.

6. Pineapple
Pineapple is a superfood that’s high in vitamin C and the enzyme bromelain, which has been shown to lower pain and swelling in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, it’s time to add this fruit to your diet every chance you get. 

You can also get bromelain through supplements but, first, check with your healthcare provider before taking it since it can raise the risk of bleeding, particularly if you also take blood thinners like aspirin. Bromelain might also affect the effectiveness of antibiotics and sedatives. 

7. Citrus fruits 
Citrus foods like oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and limes, are high in vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for the production of collagen that helps build and repair blood vessels, skin, tendons, ligaments, and bone, and that’s why it’s so crucial for people suffering from osteoarthritis.

Citrus fruits are rich in inflammation-fighting antioxidants, which are a good option for people with rheumatoid arthritis. So consider consuming more citrus fruits regularly to take advantage of the healing power of citrus.

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