Are there any foods that can help with my arthritis?
The story goes that there are foods that make arthritis better and some that make it worse. Whether a food can help or hurt depends to a certain degree on what kind of arthritis is being treated. Inflammatory arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, may be helped by foods that are anti inflammatory like fatty fish (salmon) or fish oils, ginger, and tumeric. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is not affected as much by anti-inflammatory foods, but is helped with fewer calories, so that a weight loss program can be started. For people with gluten sensitivity, eating bread can cause gastrointestinal problems that increase joint pain. Individuals that are lactose intolerant can have some pains when eating dairy. In general, special diets are complementary to other therapies used to control joint pain and swelling. Eating healthy is a good idea in any circumstance. Dr "B"