Rheumatoid arthritis, dietary advice for those who suffer from it

As for the diet, in case of rheumatoid arthritis, as with other autoimmune diseases that include inflammatory phenomena, it is essential to follow the doctor’s advice. For the rest, we can give some general indications.

Fish, extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of chocolate, lots of red pepper to flavor, preferably accompanied by a walk in the sun, could be elements that help those suffering from these inflammatory forms.

In any case, if you have joint problems also linked to rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases the power supply can help in combating inflammation. Attention especially in winter when exposure to sunlight is scarce and therefore also the availability of vitamin D.

Do not overdo the consumption of refined carbohydrates and vegetable oils, rich in Omega 6 fatty acids. Instead, try to regularly consume long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids, mainly contained in fish. And don’t overdo it with salty foods. Proper nutrition can at least be protective against rheumatoid arthritis as a study on 100,000 people showed.

In practice, we are describing the Mediterranean diet. Let’s try to give some advice. It cocoa contained in chocolate is an object of scientific interest, because it has antioxidant properties which are mainly attributed to the flavonoid content. The chillies spicy products contain capsaicin, a compound useful against inflammation.

Instead, pay attention to carbonated and artificially sweetened drinks, capable of generating an inflammatory bowel reaction and therefore affect the inflammatory state of the organism in general. This link was demonstrated in a study conducted on 200,000 people, which showed a significant increase in the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, also linked to excessive consumption of sugary and carbonated drinks.

In terms of prevention and maintenance under control of rheumatoid arthritis, we must also think about the eating habits that become even more important when a person has other associated diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis.

The point of reference is always the rheumatologist specialist for this pathology and the diet must always be fixed case by case.

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