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Can Your Diet Help Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout; walnuts; tofu and other soybean products; flaxseed and flaxseed oil; and canola oil. They may help curb inflammation.

Fish oil supplements also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Some people with RA report less pain and joint tenderness when taking fish oil, according to the American College of Rheumatology.

You may not notice any benefit at first from taking a fish oil supplement. It may take weeks or months to feel a difference.

Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. Your doctor can check on the dose you need, since the dose used in medical studies was much higher than what you'd get from a normal supplement without a prescription.   

Alcohol and Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you take any RA medication, ask your doctor if it's OK for you to drink alcohol. Avoid alcohol if you take methotrexate, because liver damage could be a serious side effect.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on March 13, 2013
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