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You may want to cut back on highly processed foods like packaged snacks, baked goods, and lunch meats. Some research shows that the saturated fat in them raises inflammation. It’s not clear that these foods affect RA symptoms. But cutting back on them may be good for you in general, so it's worth trying.

Also, you may need to cut back on alcohol if you take medications for RA (like methotrexate). Some people can have one or two drinks a week at most. Ask your doctor what’s OK for you.

Eating more of some of these healthy foods -- and cutting back on the unhealthy ones -- is a good idea. One way to do it is to follow the Mediterranean diet. It's rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and fish and other lean proteins. One study found that people who stuck to the diet for a few months had more energy and fewer RA symptoms.

Avoid Extreme Diets

Although no food plans are proven to help RA, you may read about some that claim to, or know of people with RA who say it worked for them.

Before you try one, it’s a good idea to discuss it with your doctor, especially if it calls for megadoses of supplements or cuts out whole food groups.

If you do want to take supplements for your RA or try to use food as medicine, make sure to talk to your doctor first.

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