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Rheumatoid Arthritis

While there is no known cure yet for rheumatoid arthritis, promising research suggests that certain nutrients and foods may help to ease symptoms of the disease and possibly slow damage to joints. Eating a natural diet rich in unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy foods, and lean sources of protein provides an abundance of these healing substances, including bromelain, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, and zinc.

In addition, drinking green tea and consuming ginger and turmeric may be beneficial. According to population studies, people who frequently drink green tea have reduced rates of rheumatoid arthritis. The major ingredients in green tea, called catechins, are thought to slow cartilage breakdown and decrease chronic joint inflammation. The herb ginger possesses potent antioxidant compounds, called shogaols and gingerols, which act as natural anti-inflammatory agents. Preliminary research involving ginger indicates that it helps to ameliorate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. And curcumin, the active ingredient of the yellow spice turmeric, may lessen symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

bromelain
Research suggests that this robust pineapple enzyme may reduce inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Bromelain is thought to impede the formation of the body’s natural pain-causing substances.
Leading Food Sources of bromelain: Pineapple

flavonoids
These antioxidant plant compounds are believed to lessen inflammation and bolster the connective tissue in joints.
Leading Food Sources of flavonoids: Broccoli, Blueberries, Grapefruit, white, Onions, Apples, Oranges, Soybeans, Chocolate, Pomegranates, Limes, Lemons, Tomatoes, Carrots

ginger
Ginger possesses potent antioxidant compounds, called shogaols and gingerols, which act as natural anti-inflammatory agents. Preliminary research indicates that ginger helps to ameliorate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Leading Food Sources of ginger: Ginger

omega-3 fatty acids
The anti-inflammatory properties of these healthful polyunsaturated fats have been shown to help relieve stiffness and pain in joints.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Tuna, Trout

vitamin C
Preliminary research suggests that this antioxidant vitamin may suppress inflammation and fortify connective tissue in joints.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Potatoes, Strawberries, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Oranges, Kiwi fruit

vitamin E
Low levels of vitamin E have been found in the joint fluid of rheumatoid arthritis patients. The antioxidant properties of vitamin E are thought to protect joint cells from free radical damage.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Almonds, Avocados, Mangoes, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts

zinc
According to preliminary evidence, low levels of zinc have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Chicken, Oysters, Crab, Beef, Lamb, Wheat, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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