Myth: Stay Away From Citrus
There’s no proof that cutting it from your menu will improve your RA symptoms. If you avoid these fruits, you’ll miss out on key nutrients like vitamin C, which helps build new cartilage in your joints. So go ahead and enjoy that morning grapefruit — it does a body good.
Fact: Green Tea May Slow Joint Damage
If you’re a fan of this drink, go for it. Though there is not strong scientific evidence for this, green tea is brimming with nutrients that calm inflammation and ease pain. More research is still needed, but some of the antioxidants in green tea may actually slow cartilage destruction. Another one blocks the production of molecules that are known to cause joint damage. Steep your tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes to get the most out of it. If you like, chill it and add a lemon wedge and a spoonful of honey.
Myth: Dairy Makes RA Worse
You don’t have to cut milk, cheese, or yogurt from your diet. There’s not much evidence that your joints will feel better if you skip those foods. And keep in mind that some RA meds put you at greater risk for osteoporosis, so you don’t want to miss out on dairy’s bone-building benefits.
Fact: Beans Fight Inflammation
They’ve got a lot going for them. For one thing, they’re high in fiber and muscle-building proteins. But there’s more. They come loaded with nutrients that boost your immune system, like folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Pinto and kidney beans will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
Myth: Raw Food Diets Slow Down RA
It’s an ultra-restrictive food plan and it’s just not worth it. It’s true that one study in the 1990s found that people who followed a raw vegan diet — with some probiotics added in — got some relief from their symptoms. But overall, it didn’t put the brakes on the progress of their disease.