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Arthritis and Food

person cutting bell peppersWhen it comes to specific foods you should eat, an anti-inflammatory diet involves avoiding foods that make inflammation worse and eating plenty of foods that reduce inflammation.

These foods all help to reduce some aspects of inflammation:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids – Salmon, herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, oysters, eggs, flaxseed (ground & oil) and walnuts.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – Use olive oil when cooking.
  • Antioxidants – May help prevent arthritis, slow its progression & relieve pain.
  • Vitamin C – Guava, sweet peppers, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, lemons, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, kidney beans, cauliflower, red cabbage, mangos.
  • Selenium – Brazil nuts, tuna, crab, oysters, pasta (whole-wheat), lean beef, cod, whole grains, turkey & wheat germ.
  • Carotenes - Sweet potato, carrots, kale, butternut squash, turnip greens, pumpkin, mustard greens, red pepper, apricots and spinach.