Dietary Approaches to Managing Arthritis Symptoms

As the medical director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Florida, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian helps people with joint and mobility problems enjoy greater quality of life. Among the problems that Dr. Alimorad Farshchian regularly treats is rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can greatly affect a person’s ability to live a normal, active life. It limits mobility and can cause a person to experience discomfort when performing everyday activities. Fortunately, there are nonpharmaceutical ways to help manage arthritis symptoms. While not proven in controlled trials, one approach is to eat a diet designed to reduce inflammation.

One such diet is the Mediterranean diet. This is a diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and “good” fats, such as olive oil. Many foods in this type of diet are rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent inflammation. Additionally, olive oil has been shown to reduce levels of chemicals associated with inflammation.

A gluten-free diet might also help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. A common symptom of gluten sensitivity is joint inflammation. For some individuals, cutting back on foods that contain gluten might help with their symptoms. Individuals should consult with a doctor, however, before starting a new diet plan.