Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis – What Is the Best Diet to Reduce Inflammation?

November 14, 2016 , ,

Benefit from Omega-3’s Anti-Inflammatory Effect

It’s well known that omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect on certain processes, and even in healthy people. Studies have shown that omega-3 supplementation (minimum 2,7g/day EPA and DHA for at least 3 months) can also benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis. There is no evidence for osteoarthritis as of yet.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, we advise you speak to your healthcare team about omega-3 supplements. We take this opportunity to remind you that before taking any supplement, it is best to consult with your healthcare team to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with your medication or other treatments.

What if the Microbiome Could Reduce Inflammation?

New connections between the microbiome and other illnesses and syndromes keep popping up, and it would seem arthritis is one of these illnesses. In fact, according to a study published in August 2016, the microbiome could have a role in the development and management of arthritis.

Why is this important?

Because it seems that a microbiome with a larger diversity of bacteria is associated with reduced inflammation and better symptom management of arthritis… to be continued!

The current data doesn’t yet enable us to recommend supplementing probiotics. However, you can nourish the good bacteria in your digestive system by eating prebiotics!

READ ALSO >> 5 Foods for a Healthy Microbiota

How can you put these tips into practice?

Our meal plans for rheumatoid arthritis will help you put all this good advice into practice—and what’s more, they’re delicious! Remember that when you eat well for your joints, you also eat well for your heart, your brain, your bones…



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Jef L'Ecuyer
Member of the Quebec College of Dietitians (ODNQ) and Dietitians of Canada,Jef graduated from McGill University in December 2014. Recently graduated and passionate about culinary arts, Jef poses a simple, effective and practical look at daily meal planning. With this in mind, she works in conjunction with the mission of SOSCuisine...

4 comments to “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis – What Is the Best Diet to Reduce Inflammation?”

March 6, 2020 Richard Hoover said:

Is it safe to switch to a vegan diet rapidly?

Cinzia Cuneo
March 6, 2020 Cinzia Cuneo said:

Hi Richard,
Yes, no problem.

June 25, 2020 Preston Hager said:

Does the Mediterranean diet include meat?

Cinzia Cuneo
June 25, 2020 Cinzia Cuneo said:

Hi Preston,
Yes, meat is present but in limited quantity.

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