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Foods to Avoid With Arthritis

Updated February 21, 2019

Arthritis sufferers experience pain and inflammation in the joints of their body. Some patients find it very hard to get any relief from the discomfort and look for ways to reduce the inflammation of the joints naturally. As a supplement to your medications, you can avoid foods that can worsen your arthritis. Make sure you check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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Fatty Foods to Avoid

Foods high in saturated fat should be avoided if you have arthritis. These include fried foods, fast foods and high-calorie snacks and candies. You should avoid these foods as a way to keep your weight under control. Excess weight can put added stress on the joints of the body. Also, extra body fat can adversely affect the hormones that control inflammation in the body.


Some arthritis patients have experienced a reduction in symptoms when they have eliminated foods that contain gluten. Gluten is found in food products that contain wheat, rye, oats and barley. It is important to read food labels when you are trying to avoid certain foods.


Some arthritis sufferers will experience symptoms after consuming foods that don't affect other sufferers. However, there are certain foods that have been associated with causing pain and discomfort to patients. These foods include red meats, white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, caffeinated beverages and eggplant. To determine if these are causing a problem, eliminate one item at a time to see if you notice a change in your arthritis symptoms.

Good Foods

Omega-3 fatty acids have properties that can help reduce levels of inflammation in the body. According to "Today" Health, studies have shown that people who consume a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids feel less fatigued, have reduced joint swelling and suffer less pain. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts, salmon, trout, anchovies and sardines. Other foods that can help arthritis sufferers include ginger, oranges, lemons, milk, mangos, olive oil, squash and green leafy vegetables.


Diet alone is not likely to relieve your arthritis symptoms. It is important to manage your symptoms under the advisement of a physician. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications will typically be given in conjunction with recommendations for exercise and a well-balanced diet.

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About the Author

Heather Topham Wood

Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.

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