Fact: Processed Foods Are No Good
While omega-3 fatty acids help ease inflammation, omega-6 fatty acids may do the opposite. They’re found in oils like corn, safflower, peanut, and vegetable. And they also show up in a lot of snack foods. An easy fix: Clear your pantry of chips, crackers, and packaged baked goods. Stock up instead on healthier things like fresh fruits, raw veggies, hummus, nuts, or popcorn.
Myth: Gin-Soaked Raisins Ease Pain
It may sound bizarre, but some people swear it’s a remedy for RA pain. The supposed science behind why it works: The sulfur used to preserve raisins can prevent joint damage, and juniper berries — which flavor gin — are anti-inflammatory. While this folk remedy probably won’t hurt you, it’s not likely to relieve your pain.
Fact: Jury’s Still Out on Gluten
Is there a link between gluten and joint pain? For people with a disorder called celiac disease, there definitely is. But for RA, the answer isn’t so clear. A lot of people say their symptoms get better when they cut out it out of their diet, but there’s not a lot of research to back that up. Still, it may be worth discussing with your doctor.
Myth: The Right Diet Cures RA
If a diet claims it can knock out your condition forever, beware. Some meal plans may help with symptoms like achy joints and morning stiffness, but it isn’t going to make your disease go away. A shift in your eating habits works best when it’s part of an overall treatment strategy that you work out with your doctor.