​Foods to avoid in Rheumatoid Arthritis - Wockhardt

​Foods to avoid in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Arthritis is a general term that encompasses conditions of joint pain and functional limitations. Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) joint swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion mark the illness.

There are many different types of arthritis, divided into two main categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. The most common form of non-inflammatory arthritis is osteoarthritis, while the most common inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory illness that occurs when joints and other tissues are mistakenly attacked by the immune system.

Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs is critical to reducing inflammation and pain, improving physical functions, and preventing further joint damage.

While there is no concrete research on diets that can treat rheumatoid arthritis, researchers have identified certain pro-inflammatory foods.

Diet and certain food should be avoided in order not to aggravate the symptoms or develop the same:

1)Grilled, broiled, or fried meats (and other fried foods): When cooking meats at particularly high heat levels, such as frying, grilling or broiling, more AGEs are formed in foods and trigger an inflammatory response. Instead, it is recommended to steam, simmer, or braise lean proteins.

2)Fatty foods full of omega-6 fatty acids: Trans fat, also known as trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, are typically found in packaged goods, margarine, and vegetable oils and are used to reduce the chance of food spoilage and increase the shelf life. “Research has shown that the consumption of trans fats can increase inflammation

3)Sodas, juices, and pastries are full of sugars that lead to inflammation so avoid at all costs.

4)Gluten: If a person already has a sensitivity to gluten, foods containing the substance should be avoided.

5)Monosodium glutamate (MSG),: a chemical ingredient added to many foods as a flavour enhancer, has been shown to trigger inflammation.

6)Alcohol: Alcohol in moderation might be okay but over doing it has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. On the other hand, though, too much alcohol can cause liver damage, enhance medication-induced liver toxicity (particularly if you take methotrexate), and cause inflammation.

So best is to avoid a few of the above.

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