Establishing an effective rheumatoid arthritis diet usually involves excluding certain foods from the everyday diet in an experimental process. This form of arthritis is usually a response to an allergy or food intolerance by an over aggressive immune system which then mistakenly attacks the tissues responsible for lubricating the joints.
It is important to identify and eliminate any potential allergens that can cause allergies or food intolerances, and make the condition worse.
Avoid these for three months to see if they affect the levels of arthritic pain.
Other foods to reduce or avoid when planning a diet for arthritis to help reduce acid levels in the blood:
Complex carbohydrates like wholegrains, lentils, beans, peas and oats as they release their sugar content gradually and are also high in fibre, which helps to keep blood sugar levels within normal limits.
Best fruits are cherries, blueberries and hawthorn berries and their juices, which are also good for gout, as they contain flavonoids that help enhance cartilage structure and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Eat plenty of oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and trout. Fish oils contain essential fats that reduce inflammation, pain, swelling and stiffness.
Nuts and seeds contain oils that have an anti-inflammatory effect.
As arthritis is a condition that attacks the immune system it is important to boost the immune system as much as possible to minimise the damage.