Arthritis: Following THIS diet could help stave off the crippling condition

Alicia Farmer
November 9, 2017

In the United Kingdom, some 10 million people now suffer from arthritis - 8.5 million of them from the most common form osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear on joints where the cartilage is worn away.

A study says regular consumption of a diet rich in fibre foods such as vegetables, fruits and spices can help people manage rheumatoid arthritis.

The researchers from KIIT University, India, listed grapes, ginger, and plant-based oils, polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in oily fish, and walnuts as food items that may help lessen the symptoms of the disease.

"Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis should switch from omnivorous diets, drinking alcohol and smoking to Mediterranean, vegan, elemental or elimination diets, as advised by their doctor or dietitian", Gupta said.

Sufferers should also include dried plums, pomegranates, green tea, turmeric and whole grains in their diet to slow progress of the disease. It is hard to detect the early onset of the disease and if undetected or misdiagnosed has a rapid rate of progression in the first few years.

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Treatment includes expensive disease-modifying drugs.

Various dietary plans for rheumatoid arthritis - such as vegan, seven to 10 days fasting and Mediterranean - have always been recommended.

Thorough their study, the team has evaluated the current scientific knowledge and reported only those dietary interventions and specific foods that have clearly shown long-term effects. Moreover, they are also known to lower oxidative stress which is the body's ability to fight and nullify harmful chemicals. "Nutraceuticals have an advantage over chemically-tailored medicines as they are not associated with any side effects, originate from natural sources and are cheaper". They reviewed research from several laboratory experiments under different conditions. The latter is a chronic disease that leads to disability if untreated. However, they strongly recommend that one should consult a doctor or a nutritionist to create the ideal diet plan to suit your needs.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues.

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