Did you know that eating certain foods can decrease inflammation in the body? As a result, tweaking your diet may relieve some of the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Here are some of the foods you can add and others you can limit to benefit from what we know today about anti-inflammatory nutrition.
Anti-inflammatory Foods (Foods to Add)
- Fish and Other Omega-3 Foods
- Olive Oil, Avocado, Nuts, and Other Sources of Monounsaturated Fat
- Fruits and Vegetables
Inflammatory Foods (Foods to Limit)
- Red Meat
- Fried Foods, and Other Foods High in Saturated Fat
- Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils / Trans Fats
There are hundreds of bogus arthritis treatments on the market and we don’t want you to waste your money on these unproven “cures”. Work with a doctor or dietitian to find out whether or not a supplement will be safe and effective for you.
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