Arthritis Diet Claims: Fact or Fiction
Arthritis pain and the desire for pain relief might lead you to try anything -- including a change in diet or taking supplements. Make sure you know what works first.
Experimenting with foods and supplements is not without risks. "I know
people get desperate enough to try anything, but I would not feel comfortable
eliminating whole groups of food," says Gerbstadt. "Before you
eliminate any foods or modify your diet, check with a nutritionist."
"The best advice is to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and stay close
to your ideal body weight so affected joints have less extra weight to carry
around," says Wilson. "Also get plenty of rest and exercise and
Be aware that many supplements interfere with or enhance effects of
medications you're already taking. For example, a number of supplements
increase the effects of blood-thinning medication. Check with your doctor.