An expert says take three supplements to ease arthritis symptoms and reduce inflammation.
Millions of Britons are currently living with arthritis and other joint problems. Depending on the type of arthritis, it can cause problems such as pain, inflammation, joint stiffness, and even difficulty moving. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are ways to both reduce the risk of the disease and relieve the symptoms.
Diet is one such way to minimize the impact of arthritis.
With that in mind, Nutritionist and Nutritionist at Pure Sports Medicine, Dr. Liniya Patel, spoke to Express.co.uk to explain more.
She specifically advised eating anti-inflammatory foods, including taking supplements along with a healthy diet.
Dr. Patel recommended three supplements to achieve this goal.
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“Supplements like omega-3 fats, turmeric and vitamin D also play a role in the inflammatory process,” she said.
“For personalized nutrition, be sure to speak with a dietitian or registered dietitian.”
What do the studies say?
This is confirmed by various studies. One article published in the Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology in 2020 found that omega-3 fats can relieve symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
It stated: “Omega-3 fatty acids appear to prevent or relieve experimental arthritis. They may have a beneficial effect in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
“Clinical studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can have a modulating effect on disease activity, namely the number of swollen and painful joints.
“It appears that omega-3 fatty acids may modulate disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.”
A separate study in the journal BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine proved the benefits of turmeric for arthritis patients.
He concluded, “Compared to placebo, turmeric appears to have a positive effect on the pain and function of knee osteoarthritis.”
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And an article published in Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2021 established a link between vitamin D deficiency and arthritis.
“It appears that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with disease severity in RA.
“Because vitamin D deficiency is associated with diffuse musculoskeletal pain, these findings have therapeutic implications.
“Vitamin D supplementation may be needed both to prevent osteoporosis and to relieve pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.”
Dr. Patel has recommended the best foods to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
“There are many foods that are believed to affect the inflammatory process, although the mechanism is not definitive,” she said.
“Generally, an anti-inflammatory diet is a whole food-based diet, lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, and a balance of proteins, whole grain carbohydrates, and healthy fats at every meal.
“It is also a diet that is low in ultra-processed foods high in refined carbs, trans fats, processed foods and excess alcohol. Diets that are considered anti-inflammatory include the Mediterranean diet, the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (the DASH diet), and the whole-food vegetarian (or high-fiber) diet.”
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