Arthritis Diet

There is no specific arthritis diet; however, eating a well-balanced healthy diet is essential to help build strong cartilage, keep weight down and reduce inflammation. There is also some evidence that an anti-inflammatory diet ocjf fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats (such as those found in salmon, olive oil and walnuts), and legumes is helpful in lessening joint pain and stiffness.

Eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables is also essential to reduce joint inflammation and pain, and protect cells from damage.  Vitamin C has been shown to build collagen and connective tissue in the body. Citrus fruits, kale and red peppers are all good sources of vitamin C.

Foods to avoid include meats cooked at high temperatures (as in grilling, frying and microwaving) should be avoided because this type of cooking produces compounds called AGEs that can worsen inflammation in the body.