Rheumatoid Arthritis

Also indexed as:RA, Arthritis (Rheumatoid)
Is there relief for rheumatoid arthritis? RA is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the joints and other body parts. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Eat healthy fats A low-fat diet that avoids animal fat in meat and dairy may help decrease the severity of rheumatoid arthritis.
Pour on the olive oil Olive oil appears to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Limit animal fats People with RA who eat less arachidonic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid found in animal fats), by avoiding meat, egg yolks, and whole-milk products may experience a reduction in tender and swollen joints.
Try fasting, followed by a vegetarian diet In one study, fasting followed by a 12-month vegetarian diet improved rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Try the Warmbrand diet A diet free of meat, poultry, dairy, chemicals, sugar, eggs, and processed foods has helped people with rheumatoid arthritis in anecdotal reports.
Check for food allergies or sensitivities Your healthcare provider can help you determine if certain foods are making your arthritis worse.
Cut back on coffee Drinking four or more cups of coffee per day was associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in preliminary research.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.