Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have been found to improve inflammation associated with RA. The improvement cannot be compared with that brought by medicines, but omega-3 fatty acids generally have no side effects. The Cretan Mediterranean Diet, which is high in Omega-3 (among other nutrients) appears to reduce inflammation and improve functions of the patient. Fatty fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Whole grains help protect the heart, which seems to be more easily afflicted with diseases if you have RA. It is also so much better for the patient’s overall health, considering the alternative, which is refined grains, usually have added sugars.
Nuts and Beans
Nuts can also be rich in antioxidants while beans are a great source of protein, which is excellent for muscle health. You see, patients with RA may become more vulnerable to muscle loss.
Turmeric and Ginger
Some animal studies suggest that 200 mg or a mixture of turmeric and ginger per kg body weight can lower the signs and symptoms of RA2.
Not only is it a healthy source of fat, but olive oil also appears to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties.
Probiotics and Prebiotics
Also called symbiotics, animal studies show that pro and prebiotics can improve the health conditions by reducing the levels of certain proinflammatory cytokines2.