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Nutrition Tips to Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Cold water fish and certain nuts and seeds may help reduce inflammation in your body. People who take fish oil supplements need less arthritis medicine.

Sip green tea. Early research suggests that substances called polyphenols in green tea may help control inflammation and prevent joint damage that RA causes.

Avoid excess alcohol. This can cause problems if taken with some medicines for RA.

Selenium may help reduce inflammation, due to its antioxidant properties. Researchers think it plays a role in helping to prevent conditions such as arthritis, cancers, age-related blindness, cataracts, heart and cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease. Selenium is found in whole-grain wheat products and some shellfish. Check with your doctor before adding any supplemental selenium to your diet, as research suggests it may increase your risk for diabetes.

Many associate calcium and Vitamin D with bones and osteoporosis. However, some research links an increased intake of vitamin D in older women with a lower risk of developing RA. Vitamin D may suppress the development of RA. Eggs and products fortified with vitamin D (such as breads, cereals, and milk) are good sources of vitamin D.