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Can What You Eat Reduce The Effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis?



Can What You Eat Reduce The Effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you may know that a specific diet and certain foods can ease the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. These are symptoms that can be anywhere in the range of stress, stiffness, and fatigue. In the future, food may be the medicine of choice for those with rheumatoid arthritis, but for now, here is some information that may help you separate fact from fiction about diet and the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.

Does Dieting Right Really Work?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the lining of the joints. Eating certain foods or not eating certain foods may help prevent the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Even though this may help, according to the Arthritis Foundation, there is no specific "arthritis diet." Even if there is not a specific diet for arthritis, if you find certain foods that seem to worsen your arthritis symptoms, it would only make sense to stay away from these “trigger” foods.

Studies have shown that a certain percentage of people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from excluding trigger foods that can be identified with an exclusion diet. An exclusion diet helps you remove certain foods from your meals. The goal of this diet is not to exclude these foods forever, but to slowly start adding these trigger foods back into your diet by monitoring your stiffness and pain levels. For certain people, eliminating these foods from their diet seems to help decrease the effects of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Forget the Fat?

Multiple studies show that saturated fats increase inflammation in the body. Foods high in saturated fats, like bacon, steak, butter, and cream, may increase inflammatory chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals that can cause inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint destruction in your body if you have rheumatoid arthritis.

Besides these studies, specific research shows that meat contains high amounts of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid that can get converted into inflammatory prostaglandins in the body. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis find that a vegetarian diet helps relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness. Other people with rheumatoid arthritis, however, get no benefit from strictly being vegan.

Inflamed by Omegas?

There are certain vegetable oils that contain omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. This group of vegetable oils includes corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, and sesame oil. Study after study has shown that our typical diet has more much omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fat found in foods like fish.

Other than increasing inflammation, consuming excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids may increase your risks of getting cancer and cardiovascular disease. Eating a well-balanced diet that contains fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3 fatty acids can help suppress inflammation and decrease the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.

By eating the right type of foods and excluding certain triggers, often times you can decrease the effects of rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. With meals provided by BistroMD, you are sure to get a healthy dose of the omega-3 acids that you need.

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