Medically Reviewed by Peter Lukowski, MD
“Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures known today,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Peter Lukowski, MD. “However, we like to help patients delay surgery if possible. Eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can help delay surgery, as well as reduce stiffness and pain.”
Researchers found that 30-40% of rheumatoid arthritis patients reported substantial improvements by eliminating certain foods from their diet. The same holds true for those who suffer osteoarthritis in their knees ad hips.
The ideal diet for those of us with arthritis is very similar to an ideal diet for anyone, with a few exceptions.
STAY AWAY FROM OR EAT LESS OF THESE
A key link between your arthritis and diet is your weight.
ADD THESE TO YOUR DIET
Eat more vegetables and fruits.
Look for foods that have Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 3 is especially helpful to people with rheumatoid arthritis. Free-range eggs are a good source of Omega 3 as are oily fish, such as salmon, fresh tuna, sardines and anchovies. Walnuts are also a good source of Omega 3.
Be careful not to each too much of Omega 3 foods, because these foods also contain Omega 6. Too much of Omega 6 can actually increase inflammation.
Vitamin E is helpful at fighting knee arthritis damage. And lobster – yes lobster –is an excellent source of Vitamin E.
Certain beverages are also helpful. Green Tea contains elements that slow cartilage wear and breakdown. Orange juice with its Vitamin C is an important beverage because a deficiency of Vitamin C can lead to cartilage breakdown.
AND NOW SOME MYTH DEBUNKING
There is no proof that:
There is mixed evidence about whether a vegetarian diet is the path for arthritis sufferers. You do tend to increase vitamins but you will not be getting iron and vitamin B-12, two important nutrients.
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Sources Include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Research Foundation (UK), Arthritis Research Institute of America, Center for Disease Control and Prevention