Arthritis is a disease that involves chronic inflammation. It is not curable, so the best thing you can do is adopt strategies that reduce inflammation and manage your pain. The good news is that an anti-inflammatory diet can go a long way toward slowing the progression of the disease and keeping you comfortable on a daily basis.
No matter what type of arthritis you have – rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, or even gout – foods that reduce inflammation can help. And we think you’ll find a lot of tasty choices to love eating more of. However, processed and “fast” foods are all pro-inflammatory, and it’s not always easy to stop eating those.
We recommend prioritizing healthy food first each day and gradually building more of it into your diet. Eventually, it is bound to crowd the bad stuff out. Starting here is a great way to get inspired by the delicious possibilities that await you in your new anti-inflammatory diet. We think you’ll find #4 particularly exciting.
1. Fatty Fish
Fish is a great choice because it is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Some fish are especially high in high in omega-3, including sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel. These are your best choices if you want to get the most benefit per serving. Fish also contains a fair amount of vitamin D, a deficiency of which is thought to be connected to rheumatoid arthritis.
The best news is that is doesn’t take much fish to get the health benefits. Just two servings per week offer significant anti-inflammatory results. If you like fish, feel free to eat it more often, but limit certain varieties that contain a lot of mercury, like King mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, ahi tuna, and bigeye tuna.
On the other hand, if you don’t like the taste of fish at all, a fish oil supplement is a great choice. The oil is typically purified to remove any toxins the fish may have ingested during its life. A focus on eating more fish or taking a fish oil supplement can reward you with less morning stiffness and a reduction in the intensity of your pain.