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Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

“I have just been diagnosed with rheumatism. I have been in a lot of pain for a while now and my elbows and fingers are very inflamed. I’ve read that food allergies can make symptoms of RA worse. Can you give me some advice, please? ”

Possible Solutions
There is much that can be done nutritionally to help with the inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA. Evidence suggests that food allergy also plays a role in some sufferers. Potentially the nightshade family of foods (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplant) may be problematic so it’s worth eliminating them for a month to see if things improve.

Apart from that, adopting a mainly veggie diet regime and getting rid of dairy and beef food products may help in lowering soreness related to joint inflammation. Eating brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables such as red grapes, green vegetables, apples and berries provide great sources of antioxidant-rich flavonoids, which support the immune system and are anti-inflammatory. Green tea also provides the same compounds.

Try and add turmeric and ginger to your diet as far as possible turmeric is loaded with curcuminoids, that can help prevent the inflamed procedure and ginger consists of effective gingerols, which have the same effect. Additionally, eat plenty of oily fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the joints.

The natural devil’s claw includes compounds referred to as harpagosides as well as flavonoids, each of which assists to ‘mop-up’ free-radicals in a natural way, thus lowering the inflammation approach.

Tweaking your diet program and getting supplements will hopefully give some relief. It can take up to a couple of months before you feel the benefits but it’s certainly worth persevering.