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Five Foods

 

Fish 

New evidence has found that people with rheumatoid arthritis who consume fish more than twice a week have less swollen joints and inflammation than those who never or rarely eat fish. Fatty fish like Salmon, Trout and Tuna are particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is believed to be the active compound in fish that reduces inflammation. Try eating two servings of fish each week to increase your omega 3 intake.

 

Olive Oil 

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols and vitamin E. Research shows that olive oil can give an extra anti-inflammatory hit. Adding a splash of extra virgin olive oil over a salad is a great way to get your daily fix.

 

Broccoli (and all other fruit and veggies)

Studies have found that a compound in broccoli, called sulforaphane, can help to reduce the production of the enzyme that breaks down cartilage. Although you need to consume a lot of broccoli to see the benefits, it isn’t a bad idea to add this veggie into your 5 (or more) a day!

 

Tumeric

Studies suggest that turmeric and its curcumin-enriched extracts can reduce pain and inflammation. Although the studies conducted on this spice have been small, the results are still significant. Try adding this inflammation-fighting spice to your smoothies, soups and eggs!

 

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are full of good polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Nuts also have high levels of the antioxidant Vitamin E, which is known for its role in anti-inflammatory processes. Try eating a small handful a day or toss them through your salad!

 

 


 

 Words by Melanie McGrice image under license via Shutterstock.com