There are hundreds of studies out there which research how different types of food interact with arthritis. Some improve it, other make it much worse.
But with most of these studies focusing on one type of food or one type of diet, there has not yet been an overview of what helps and what harms.
This all changed with a new study in the journal Clinical Nutrition Open Science.
This study reviewed hundreds of reliable studies on food and arthritis and produced 11 points to follow when eating for arthritis health.
There are several reasons to think that healthy dieting could treat rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. After perusing the literature, the authors of this study identified the following:
1. A third of deaths due to autoimmune diseases stem from heart disease.
2. People with rheumatic diseases are more likely to have atherosclerosis (blocked arteries), diabetes, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and high body weight, all of which can be tackled by healthy dieting.
3. As gut bacteria seem to be involved in rheumatic diseases, diets that influence these bacteria may be effective.
4. Food can reduce inflammation and oxidative damage.
In addition, people with rheumatic diseases complain that they don’t receive nutritional advice from their doctors and don’t know what to eat and avoid.
In response, these scientists consulted the available literature to find out which diets could be useful to treat rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
They made many interesting discoveries:
1. When eaten as part of a diet such as the Mediterranean diet, monounsaturated fats can lead to disease remission. These fats include olive oil, canola oil, and avocado, together with nuts such as almond, cashew, macadamia, peanut, and pecan.
2. High daily vegetable intake, but not fruit intake, is associated with low disease activity and better arterial function.
3. Specific foods such as spinach and berries have been found to reduce disease severity.
4. Fasting followed by a vegetarian diet can reduce inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
5. A 4-week low-calorie, low-fat, vegan diet can reduce symptoms and body weight in arthritis patients.
6. A 1-year gluten-free, vegan diet that contains plenty of whole grains can reduce arthritis severity, cholesterol, and inflammation.
7. The Mediterranean diet can improve pain and physical function in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
8. A low-inflammatory diet packed with omega-3 fats, fiber, and probiotics improve symptoms, but does not slow down the disease on tissue scans.
9. Diets that eliminate foods that often cause allergies are not effective in the general population, but they are effective in some subgroups of patients. These include diets that eliminate milk, eggs, wheat, and spices.
10. The studies on the effects of alcohol are mixed, with some reporting an improvement and others reporting adverse effects.
11. Suites, desserts, and sugary drinks worsen disease activity and symptoms.
The most important aspect of this study was the evidence that diet could drastically improve, even reverse arthritis.
But what’s lacking in this study is simple step-by-step guidance on what exactly to eat and a solid strategy to reverse arthritis. Thousands of readers have, however, used the easy steps explained here to eliminate their arthritis in 28 days or less…