How can diet affect arthritis?

Dr. Williams discusses how diet can affect arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Fortunately for people facing arthritis, choosing to follow an arthritis-friendly diet can help, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF).

If you have arthritis, avoiding processed foods and saturated fats can help the pain, according to the AF. Instead choose fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains, and beans. Having these foods in your diet can help your arthritis, according to the AF, by:

  • Beans – These are full of fiber and phytonutrients, which help lower C-reactive protein (CRP) – an indicator of inflammation found in the blood
  • Fish – This is a good source of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fruits and vegetables – Both are loaded with antioxidants, which act as a natural defense system for the body
  • Nuts – Nuts, along with seeds, have been shown to help improve inflammation
  • Whole grains – These contain fiber, which can help maintain a healthy weight

For more about how diet affects arthritis, talk with your doctor.

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