One of the most common sources of pain for adults is rheumatoid arthritis. Much of this pain comes from inflammation. While medications are an option, there are also other ways to fight it. Below are some foods one can eat to help the body fight inflammation as recommended by The Arthritis Foundation.
Fish is a good source of inflammation fighting omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends four ounces of fish, twice a week. Some good sources of fish are salmon, tuna, and other cold-water fish.
Nuts and seeds have inflammation fighting properties. 1.5 ounces, or roughly a handful and a half, a day is ideal according to the Arthritis Foundation. Most nuts contain vitamin B6. Studies have found that deficiencies with this vitamin lead to more inflammation. Fruits and vegetables in general up the body’s defense system and help cut down on cell damage. Red and purple fruits, such as strawberries and blueberries, also have anti-inflammatory agents.
Beans and whole grains are also good to eat. The fiber in them helps maintain a healthy weight. Some studies also show that fiber can lower blood levels of certain inflammatory markers.
A well-balanced diet comprised with these foods above may go a long way in fighting inflammation and promoting good health in general.
The Best and Worst Foods for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). [Internet] Available from: https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/ra-foods