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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet: Plant Based Diet

By | October 6th, 2013 | Modified - October 9th, 2013
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet: Plant Based Diet
Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet: Plant Based Diet

A Rheumatoid arthritis diet is a plant based diet? Here we go again with the “plant based diet” treats all. Well yes, if it fits use it. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the forms of arthritis and is a an autoimmune disorder, so how is a plant based diet supposed to help?

For one rheumatoid arthritis results in inflammation, and an excellent way to control inflammation in the body is with a whole-food, plant based diet. A plant based diet introduces various and numerous antioxidants and phytonutrients into the body that control inflammation. It also provides a lot of fiber and a balance of nutrients that help strengthen the immune system and organs of the body.

Foods to Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis

Secondly, a whole-food plant based diet removes the inflammatory substances introduced into the body by factory farmed meat and dairy, and processed foods. By reducing or eliminating these foods from the diet you are also reducing environmental factors that can cause rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

A rheumatoid arthritis diet would remove meat, dairy, and processed foods. It would be full of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and plenty of water. Though a plant based diet is generally an rheumatoid arthritis diet and an inflammatory diet, certain plants based foods have a higher concentration of anti-inflammatory properties. A rheumatoid arthritis diet avoids or reduces these foods that cause inflammation.

Foods That Reduce Inflammation

  • Anti-oxidant rich fruits: blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, raspberries, papaya, strawberries, plums and watermelon
  • Anti-oxidant rich vegetables: bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, squash, and turnip greens. (Bell peppers are rich in antioxidants but they also contain a compound called solanine that can cause inflammation is a small number of people.)
  • Broccoli – anti-inflammatory – kaempferol flavanoid
  • Cacao – flavanols reduce inflammation
  • Chia seed – anti-inflammatory – omega-3
  • Flax seed – anti-inflammatory – omega-3
  • Ginger – anti-inflammatory properties
  • Olive oil – anti-inflammatory -oleocanthal
  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory properties – curcumin
  • Walnuts – anti-inflammatory – omega-3

A plant based diet not only can serve as a rheumatoid arthritis diet, it also serves to support healthy living.

References:
Plant Based Treatment
Nutrition Guidelines for People With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Does diet have a role in rheumatoid arthritis?

About

I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I eat a plant based diet and I am an avid researcher of the benefits of a whole food, plant based alkaline diet. I obtained a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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