Ankylosing Spondylitis Diet

There is no diet that will cure or treat ankylosing spondylitis. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and limiting sugar, saturated fats and processed foods (which tend to promote inflammation) is a good way to make sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy and maintain an ideal body weight. Whole grains, on the other hand, though thought to decrease inflammation and promote heart health, have been known to trigger symptoms in some people with arthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis.

There is some evidence that omega-3 supplements or a diet high in omega-3-rich foods such as salmon and flax seeds may reduce disease activity.

It may be beneficial for people with ankylosing spondylitis to keep a food diary and note any changes in how they feel when they eat or restrict specific foods.  Additionally, since any condition that limits movement can lead to osteoporosis, people with ankylosing spondylitis should consider taking calcium and vitamin D supplements.