Arthritis : Mediterranean Diet Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain


In addition to its many other benefits, researchers in Scotland have found that a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fats may also offer multiple benefits to sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

For a study at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Centre for Rheumatic Disease, 130 women were recruited. They ranged in age from 30 to 70 and they averaged an eight-year history with RA.

After six weeks of dietary intervention that included cooking classes and written information, the patients who followed a Mediterranean-type diet showed improvment in their scores on pain and early-morning stiffness. Over the course of six months, they also lost some weight and lowered their blood pressure.

The findings were reported in the Annals of Rhemumatic Diseases. A Medi terrean diet rich in cereals, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, fish and olive oil has previously been linked to reduced heart disease in the general population.

Best to get your selenium from food

To boost your selenium intake, food works better than a supplement, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And the best food for that purpose is Brazil nuts. Just two a day will do the trick - Adapted from the Weill Cornell Medical College Food and Fitness Advisor

-Adapted from the Weill Cornell Medical College Food and Fitness Advisor

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