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Can going gluten-free help rheumatoid arthritis?

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If you decide to give up gluten, rheumatoid arthritis shouldn't be the reason. There's no evidence that it can improve the condition or ease your symptoms.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, and in many packaged and restaurant foods. If you have celiac disease and eat gluten, your small intestine gets inflamed, so you can't absorb some nutrients. Rheumatoid arthritis is separate from that, and it has different causes.

If you want to ditch gluten, talk to your doctor or a dietitian for tips so you get all the nutrients you need.

From: Can Food Ease RA Symptoms? WebMD Medical Reference

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Beauchamp, G. , Sept. 1, 2005. Nature

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Hafstrom, B. , Aug. 2, 2000. Rheumatology

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Nutrition and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

MedlinePlus: "Turmeric."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches.”

Simopoulos, A. , Dec. 21, 2002. Journal of the American College of Nutrition

University of Wisconsin Health: “The Reality Behind Gluten-Free Diets.”

Van der Tempel, H. , February 1990. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.”

Beauchamp, G. , Sept. 1, 2005. Nature

The Cochrane Library: “Folic Acid Supplementation for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients on Methotrexate: The Good Gets Better.”

Hafstrom, B. , Aug. 2, 2000. Rheumatology

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Nutrition and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

MedlinePlus: "Turmeric."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary Health Approaches.”

Simopoulos, A. , Dec. 21, 2002. Journal of the American College of Nutrition

University of Wisconsin Health: “The Reality Behind Gluten-Free Diets.”

Van der Tempel, H. , February 1990. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Van Hugt, R. Feb. 15, 2008. Clinical Rheumatology,

Yunsheng, M. , April 2006. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Zhernakova, A. , February 2011. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 05, 2018

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