A common question among arthritis patients is what they can and can’t eat. Is there any special diet for people with arthritis? Sadly, no. However, many foods can help improve joint symptoms and fight inflammation.
Fruits, vegetables, fish, beans, and nuts with low saturated fat and low processed foods are great for overall health and for managing arthritis. These are principles of the Mediterranean diet which is known for its anti-aging properties and disease-fighting capabilities.
Mediterranean diet can help lower blood pressure, help curb inflammations, improve joint and heart health, and even lose weight. It’s also excellent protection against chronic illnesses like cancer or stroke.
What foods belong to the Mediterranean diet?
- Fish – Tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring, scallops, and other cold-water fish. Fish oil supplements can also do the trick.
- Nuts, Beans, and Seeds – almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, and walnuts are jam-packed with monosaturated fat. This fat type fights inflammations and promotes weight loss. Small red and kidney beans are also rich in antioxidants.
- Fruits and Vegetables – any darker and more brilliantly colored fruits and veggies can add the best nutrition to your diet.
- Olive oil – virgin olive oils have lots of nutrients. Avocado, safflower, and walnut oil can also replace olive oil for your diet.
- Whole grain – except for gluten-sensitive individuals, a whole-grain diet has fiber that promotes weight loss and proper blood circulation.