Food is essential for every animal in the planet. It is necessary to consume food, as essential nutrients are required to sustain. Utility of food is the top priority to remain healthy. Balanced food is necessary to consume, as required nutrients like, proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fats can be obtained through food. For a healthy living balanced food and proportionate eating is a must. Rheumatoid arthritis patients must follow a strict diet chart because anything that is pro-inflammatory or encourage inflammation should be avoided. If a patient is above his/ her B M I (body mass index), in short if obese, they must shade some weight immediately, stop binging. As overweight can put joints to carry more weight, which in case is a burden one is giving to their poor weight bearing kit. It can be very harmful for a R A patient. Obesity not only affects your joints but poor metabolism can deteriorate heart condition severely, it might result a cardiac arrest.
Arthritis is an inflammatory disease causing pain and stiffness to the joints. If patients avoid food which is inflammatory in nature and maintain a healthy life it can decrease the inflammation quite a bit. Rheumatoid arthritis foods are ideally which is anti-inflammatory in nature. Avoiding junk and fast food which are basically stuffed with saturated fat, trans-fat, M S G (mono sodium glutamate) refined carbohydrate is an absolute need. Some most common anti inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis foods are:
- Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Extra virgin olive oil.
- Antioxidant rich food.
- Spices- Ginger and turmeric.
- Borage oil.
- Avocado and soya bean oil.
- White willow bark.
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS: Omega 3 fatty acids are considered as one of the most essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is found from the extracts from marine products. Fish oil, squid oil, and many such plants oil are enriched with these essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are tested to be responsible for reducing the inflammation.
BORAGE OIL: Star flowers are mainly found in Syria, but can be traced in other parts of the world also. It is the main source of borage oil, scientifical evidences suggests borage oil reduces swollen joints and make relief for tender joints.
GINGER AND TURMERIC; Ginger and turmeric is treated as spices, it is a primary substance in every Indian dish. From the antiquity it is proved that these spices have inert medicinal values. R A patients are particularly benefited by these spices.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Consumption of extra virgin olive oil is treated as non- allergic. Olecanthal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Extra virgin olive oil is a delicacy encompassing the Mediterranean Sea belt. It is particularly beneficial to cardiac and R A patients. Extra virgin olive oil has inert properties like ibuprofen a NSAID.
ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOOD: Consumption of citrusy fruits and green leafy vegetables like:
Fruits: Ripe guava, Blackberry, Orange, Red-grape, Strawberry, Prune, Cherry etc.
Vegetables: Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Lettuce, Onions etc.
Food habits and maintaining a diet chart is a key; it helps not only for patients but for normal human being as well. There is an old cliché “Eat healthy and less, to eat more” .