Arthritis pain relief foods

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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A good, healthy diet is important. That's a given. However, sometimes people with arthritis look to dietary means of helping or curing their arthritis.

There is no single food or group of foods that can cure arthritis. However, there is evidence that some diets may influence some forms of arthritis.

One example is gout, which is caused by elevated blood uric acid levels. Uric acid is a byproduct of the metabolism of purines, a constituent of some foods such as sweet breads, shellfish, sardines, to name a few. A diet which is low in alcohol and purine-rich foods can lower blood uric acid levels and lessen the likelihood of a gout attack.

Another offender is alcohol which is known to alter purine metabolism.

It is believed by some that certain foods act as allergens which trigger arthritis. Although no specific food has been implicated as a cause of arthritis, foods may alter the function of the immune system. Asthma, rashes, and hives are examples of immune-mediated reactions. Foods that have been linked to arthritis include:

• caffeine
• dairy products
• nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
• sugar
• additives and preservatives
• chocolate
• red meats
• salt

Even if food allergy were a cause of arthritis, the allergy would be unique to different individuals. The way to test for a food allergy is to use an elimination diet. A food is removed from the diet to see if symptoms improve. There are some tests (such as that offered by Immunolabs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) which may identify food allergens. For further information, contact the Arthritis Treatment Center at

Some articles have suggested that fermented vegetables might help arthritis. Examples would be sauerkraut or kim-chi.

Foods high in eicosopentanoic acid such as fish have been shown to be beneficial.

Also fruits and vegetables that are high in anthrocyanidins such as berries also have data indicating they are useful for arthritis.

Omega 3 containing foods such as fish, flaxseed, and the like also have been touted by some to be helpful.

Garlic and ginger apparently also contain useful ingredients as do herbal supplements such as bromelain, boswellia, and curcumin.

The most important link between food and arthritis is that too many people eat too much food. Obesity is a leading contributor to osteoarthritis.

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