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Why does the Mediterranean diet help treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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The Mediterranean diet is loaded with fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, beans, and fish. These foods have natural chemicals that help keep your inflammation in check. A Mediterranean diet also relies on olive oil, another healthy fat, to take the place of full-fat dairy products like butter. That's good if you have rheumatoid arthritis, because olive oil can also lower levels of the chemicals that cause inflammation.

From: Can Food Ease RA Symptoms? WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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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