The idea of a special diet that relieves arthritis symptoms is nothing new. According to the John Hopkins Arthritis Center, researchers have been studying this idea since the 1930s. But does a diet like this really work? In this article, we’ll explore the foods and dieting tips often recommended for rheumatoid arthritis patients while also exploring the findings from the most recent studies on this topic.
The following are some of the foods often suggested for rheumatoid arthritis patients in order to reduce symptoms:
Numerous studies have been performed to determine whether the foods listed above as a part of specialized diets for rheumatoid arthritis really make a difference in the symptoms that patients experience. Unfortunately for arthritis sufferers, there have been no conclusive findings from these studies that indicate whether certain foods either exacerbate or decrease symptoms.
There have been promising results in certain areas, however. When it comes to consuming fish oils, there may be a link to reducing joint inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis. However, more research is necessary before this can be considered a direct link, and even then, most people should only start taking supplements under the advice of their doctor.
In addition, food allergies may play a role in the symptoms a person with arthritis experiences. Recent studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis tend to have higher levels of antibodies to certain foods than those who don’t have the condition. This means that they may be more likely to have allergic reactions to such foods.
In most cases, the foods that these individuals were allergic to include milk, eggs, cereal, pork and codfish. The allergic reactions to those foods may exacerbate symptoms, so it’s important to watch for certain foods that might make you feel worse. If you believe you have a food allergy, see you doctor for allergy testing and adjust your diet accordingly. In the case of food allergies, it’s quite possible that a diet change to exclude that food could relieve some arthritis symptoms.
Although there is no promise that adding certain foods to your diet will help with arthritis symptoms, there are some other changes you can make which may help you feel better, such as:
There may be certain diet changes you can make that affect your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but that doesn’t mean you should make those changes on your own. Always ask your doctor before switching up the foods you eat to relieve arthritis symptoms to make sure that you’re still consuming a complete and healthy diet.