Diet & Arthritis

Your diet can have an impact on arthritis and can either ease or worsen your symptoms. A diet that promotes joint health includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. These foods help fight inflammation naturally. Specific foods that benefit your joints include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, garlic, turmeric, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, vitamin C and fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel that contain omega 3 fatty acids. Stay away from fried or processed foods, alcohol and tobacco and reduce your consumption of sugars and dairy products. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise also helps take the stress off your joints.