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Should I eat healthy foods if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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Healthy food helps you fight inflammation. Certain fish, for example, are full of omega-3 fatty acids that curb chemicals called cytokines, which ramp up inflammation in the body. You also need colorful fruits and veggies for an anti-inflammation diet. They have antioxidants that fight damaging free-radical molecules in your body.

Also go for whole grains like oatmeal, brown rice, and barley. People who eat whole grains tend to have lower levels of C-reactive protein, a sign of inflammation in the body.

SOURCES:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center: "Women and Heart Disease."

Harvard Health Publications: "Joint inflammation may raise risk of heart disease."

Ohio State University Research: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Risk of Depression, Inflammation."

Arthritis Today: "Fish May Reduce Inflammation."

Harvard Medical School: "Patient Education: 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Today: "Eat to Beat Joint Inflammation."           

American Heart Association: "Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations."

Arthritis Today: "Inflammation and Heart Disease."

Arthritis Foundation: "Exercise and Arthritis," "Tai Chi. A Program for Better Living."

Arthritis Foundation: "Quality Measurements for Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Cochrane Summaries: "Tai chi for rheumatoid arthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

UpToDate: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center: "Women and Heart Disease."

Harvard Health Publications: "Joint inflammation may raise risk of heart disease."

Ohio State University Research: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Risk of Depression, Inflammation."

Arthritis Today: "Fish May Reduce Inflammation."

Harvard Medical School: "Patient Education: 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Today: "Eat to Beat Joint Inflammation."           

American Heart Association: "Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations."

Arthritis Today: "Inflammation and Heart Disease."

Arthritis Foundation: "Exercise and Arthritis," "Tai Chi. A Program for Better Living."

Arthritis Foundation: "Quality Measurements for Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Cochrane Summaries: "Tai chi for rheumatoid arthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

UpToDate: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 12, 2018

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