Diet has been strongly implicated in many forms of arthritis. Food can cause arthritis; it can also help in the cure. Several special "arthritis diets" exist. Many of these special diets originated from the observation that RA is not found in societies that eat a more 'primitive' diet. It is predominantly found in societies consuming the so-called western diet. You can manage RA by eating a healthy diet rich in whole foods, vegetables and fiber and low in sugar, meat, refined carbohydrate and saturated fat. This diet is helpful both in the prevention as well as in the treatment of RA. Food also influences RA because of the connection between RA and food allergy.
Avoid foods that contribute arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid that is derived almost entirely from animal sources (meat, dairy products, etc.) It is converted to to inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes that contribute significantly to the inflammation.
Consume coldwater fish such as mackerel, herring, sardines and salmon. These fish are rich sources of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which competes with arachidonic acid for prostaglandin and leukotriene production. The net effect of consumption of these fish is a significantly reduced inflammatory/allergic response. Several clinical studies have attested to the beneficial effect of EPA. Studies have also shown that cod liver oil also has beneficial effects when in comes to inflammation and RA. Cod liver oil is an inexpensive way of providing the body with its required EPA.
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