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7 best foods to eat if you have arthritis

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If you have arthritis, you know just how devastating this condition can be.

Arthritis is a term for a class of diseases that cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It can affect people of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds.

There are many different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is one type, which develops in joints with overuse. Another type is rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks your joints

Fortunately, there are many foods that can ease inflammation and may help relieve some of the joint pain associated with arthritis.

In fact, one survey found that 24% of those with rheumatoid arthritis reported that their diet had an impact on the severity of their symptoms.

This article will look at 7 of the best foods to eat if you have arthritis.

1. Fatty fish

Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, both of which may be beneficial for reducing inflammation and the severity of arthritis symptoms. Multiple studies have found that rheumatoid arthritis may be associated with low levels of vitamin D, which could contribute to symptoms.

2. Garlic

Garlic may possess anti-inflammatory properties, eating it may be associated with decreased risk of osteoarthritis. Adding garlic to your diet could benefit both arthritis symptoms and overall health.

3. Ginger

Consuming ginger in fresh, powdered or dried form may reduce inflammation and aid in reducing symptoms of arthritis.

4. Broccoli

Broccoli contains important components that could help reduce symptoms of arthritis. Broccoli has been associated with reduced inflammation. It also contains sulforaphane, which may have anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Walnuts

Walnuts are nutrient-dense and loaded with compounds that may help reduce the inflammation associated with joint disease. Walnuts are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease the symptoms of arthritis

6. Berries

Tons of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are crammed into each serving of berries, which may partially account for their unique ability to decrease inflammation. The antioxidants have been shown to decrease arthritis-related inflammatory markers.

7. Spinach

Spinach is rich in antioxidants, including kaempferol. Studies have found that kaempferol can reduce inflammation and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

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