Is There a Special Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet?
Many people with rheumatoid arthritis
wonder if there is a special "diet for rheumatoid arthritis
" to help slow the progression of, or even cure, the disease. The short answer to this question is no. While some research has shown that certain oils (usually taken as supplements) may decrease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
, there are no foods or combination of foods that have been shown in clinical studies to improve rheumatoid arthritis. This includes unproven, but popular, rheumatoid arthritis diets
like a vegetarian diet, acid-reducing diets, and diets high in whole milk and butter. (Some people try diets high in whole milk and butter because they think these fats help lubricate the joints.) There are also no foods that have been shown in clinical studies to make rheumatoid arthritis worse.
What Does Research Say About Oils?
Recently, research has shown that certain oils may help decrease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
. This includes fish oils
and oils with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).