Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune condition where the body attacks the membranes which line the joints, causing them to become red, swollen, and sometimes deformed. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but contributing factors can be a leaky gut, genetics, or the cause can be of bacterial or viral origin.
The joints of the fingers, wrists, feet, knees and ankles are those which are commonly affected.
• Omega 3 from fish oil or flaxseed oil for their systemic anti-inflammatory effects.
• Anti-inflammatory herbs such as Devils claw and Boswellia can help to reduce the redness and swelling of affected joints.
• Zinc, Vitamin B6 for their anti-inflammatory properties
• Turmeric, green tea, ginger act as powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients, as well as being anti-oxidant rich.
• Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) from sources such as evening primrose oil and borage oil has been shown to decrease inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers.
Other tips and ideas:
• The nightshade family which includes foods such as aubergine, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, paprika, and cayenne can exacerbate conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, so avoidance of these can help with symptoms.
• Reduce intake of red meat, increase oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines.
• Avoid trans-fatty acids which are found in foods such as margarine, and most processed foods. Trans-fatty acids are toxic for the body and contribute to inflammatory processes.
• Avoid refined foods such as white bread, pasta and baked goods.
• Include plenty of olive oil in the diet.
• Test for food intolerances at the Health Zone Clinic, as this can be a contributing factor to Rheumatoid Arthritis.