Suffers of rheumatoid arthritis may find some relief by incorporating more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy products. There are several fruits and vegetables that can help ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, but ultimately, a plant-based diet will help suffers find long-term relief.
In a report by Dr. Michael Greger on NutritionFacts.org on May 16, it was reported that plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory “Trojan Horse” compound in animal products. This particular compound is called Neu5GC and it may play a part in stimulating breast cancer growth, as well as inflammation in the human body’s joints.
The presence of Neu5Gc in humans stumped researchers because humans are genetically unable to produce this substance, but other animals can and do. The absorption of this inflammatory molecule from animal food could explain why a vegetarian diet seems to improve inflamed tissue in arthritic joints which could be aggravating arthritis. By taking away animal products, including meat and dairy, rheumatoid sufferers can feel better within weeks.
Bacterial endotoxins are another reason animal products may trigger an inflammatory immune reaction. For more information read Dr. Michael Greger’s report on plant-based diet for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Cornell University researchers have found that apples contain antioxidants that help fight the inflammation of the joints that causes rheumatoid arthritis, as well as allergies, cancer and viruses.
All berries are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Blueberries have been ranked number on in terms of antioxidant concentrations, but cranberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are good choices, too.
Broccoli has been shown to be helpful in the relief rheumatoid arthritis pain because of its beta-carotene content. Broccoli is also a rich source of vitamin C.
Because of their high concentration of the antioxidants vitamin C and carotenoids, carrots have been shown to be helpful for pain relief for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the California Kiwifruit Commission kiwi provides almost double the vitamin C of an orange. Vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of arthritis.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that even a small increase in the antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin intake, equivalent to one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice per day, is associated with a reduced risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Cherie Calbom, M.S., a certified nutritionist says that parsley contains beta-carotene, which helps can help those with rheumatoid arthritis control pain and joint swelling.
Fresh pineapple, even canned pineapple in juice, is rich in the enzyme bromelain, a powerful and natural anti-inflammatory agent in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been found to help fight degenerative diseases and reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers. Cooked tomatoes such as tomato sauce or paste, marinara sauce, and ketchup have the highest concentrate of lycopene.