Arthritis diet: 5 anti-inflammatory foods that reduce joint pain  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: If you have arthritis, eating a healthy diet can help manage your symptoms as well as reduce your risk of developing other health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. Following a diet low in processed foods and saturated fat yet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, fish, nuts, and beans can be great for you.
There is no cure for arthritis, a condition that affects the joints. But making healthy lifestyle choices – such as cutting back on calories and getting regular exercise – can improve symptoms and quality of life, as well as help you sail through later years without packing on extra pounds. Here are five foods people with arthritis should eat to fight pain, inflammation and promote joint health.
Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation of arthritis. The American Heart Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend three to four ounces of fish, twice a week.
Nuts and seeds
Although nuts are relatively high in fat and calories, they are considered an anti-inflammatory food. Nuts, particularly walnuts, are nutrient-dense and contain high amounts of compounds that may help reduce the inflammation associated with joint disease.
Beans such as red kidney beans and small red beans are loaded with fibre, phytonutrients, and other anti-inflammatory compounds. They are also an excellent source of protein, which is important for maintaining weight and muscle health.
Tart cherry juice may help lower inflammation and alleviate symptoms of arthritis in some people. As per a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, participants who consumed tart cherry juice had improvements in the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis.
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants that can help decrease inflammation caused by arthritis. A number of studies have linked higher intake of fruits and vegetables to lower levels of inflammation.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.