Arthritis is a family of musculoskeletal disorders that consists of more than 100 different conditions, affecting people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities.
Of the many forms arthritis can take, the three most common forms are osteoarthritis (a progressive degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis (a systemic disease characterized by chronic inflammation), and juvenile arthritis (an umbrella term used to describe forms of arthritis that affect children under the age of 16).
Rheumatoid arthritis in particular is notoriously difficult to manage, especially because so many of the foods we eat today can exacerbate chronic inflammation.
Fortunately, there are just as many foods that are good for chronic inflammation, and there’s concrete science to back up their effects.
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, and people living with other chronic pain diseases that are linked to inflammation (such as fibromyalgia), can follow a diet that can help them manage their conditions. Here are some foods to start with when you’re planning a diet to help manage chronic inflammation and pain.
Commonly used in making curries and other Indian dishes, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Studies have shown that turmeric can be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions.[1,2]
See also: anti inflammatory foods
Coriander is commonly used as an antimicrobial agent, but it also contains compounds which produce a mild anti-inflammatory effect. It is often used in the management of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders due to it’s anti-granuloma activities.
3. Olive Oil
Freshly-pressed olive oil has been shown to have ibuprofen-like properties, primarily due to the compound oleocanthal. Switching out fats like margarine for the leaner option of extra-virgin olive oil is not only good for your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but for your joints as well.