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Is there a specific diet I should follow if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) know all too well the inflammation and pain that comes with the disease. Although there's no "RA diet" that treats the condition, some foods can lower inflammation in your body. And because they're good for you, these foods -- including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and fish -- may help you feel better overall.

SOURCES:

Laura Feinblum, MS, RD, CDN, corporate dietitian, Con Edison; private practice, Westchester, NY.

Shawn Talbot, PhD, research director, SupplementWatch.com.

Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR, rheumatologist, The Arthritis Treatment Center, Frederick, MD.

The American Heart Association: "What is the Mediterranean Diet?" 

McKellar, G. , September 2007.  Annals of Rhuematic Disorders

The Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid arthritis."

The American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids" and "Fish 101."

Jacob, R. June 2003.  Journal of Nutrition,

Katcher, H. , January 2008.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Selenium."

Linos, A. December 1999. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Beauchamp, G. September 2005. Nature,

Camargo, A. April 2010. BMC Genomics,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 3, 2018

SOURCES:

Laura Feinblum, MS, RD, CDN, corporate dietitian, Con Edison; private practice, Westchester, NY.

Shawn Talbot, PhD, research director, SupplementWatch.com.

Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR, rheumatologist, The Arthritis Treatment Center, Frederick, MD.

The American Heart Association: "What is the Mediterranean Diet?" 

McKellar, G. , September 2007.  Annals of Rhuematic Disorders

The Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid arthritis."

The American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids" and "Fish 101."

Jacob, R. June 2003.  Journal of Nutrition,

Katcher, H. , January 2008.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Selenium."

Linos, A. December 1999. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Beauchamp, G. September 2005. Nature,

Camargo, A. April 2010. BMC Genomics,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 3, 2018

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