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Food for (Arthritis) Thought

Did you know what you eat could help ease the pain of arthritis? While there is no magic diet that will cure arthritis, eating certain foods (and avoiding others) can help decrease inflammation, increase bone strength, boost the immune system and benefit overall health.

So, what should you be eating?


Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which has been shown to slow the progression of arthritis (specifically, cartilage damage in the joints). It is also high in vitamins K and C and calcium!


Eat fish that are high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as tuna, salmon, trout and mackerel to reduce inflammation throughout the body. This type of fatty acid has also been shown to benefit heart health and brain function.

Olive oil

Olive oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can decrease pain and stiffness.


Studies have shown that people who regularly incorporate garlic into their diet showed fewer signs of early osteoarthritis. Just don’t forget to brush your teeth after!


Oranges and other citrus fruits (grapefruits and limes) are high in vitamin C, which has also been shown to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Also, vitamin C gives the immune system a boost, which is always good.

And, which foods should you avoid?

Staying away from saturated fats, trans fats and omega 6 fatty acids can help with inflammation, as well. Reducing sugar, salt and moderating alcohol consumption are other diet choices to consider when trying to ease your arthritis symptoms.

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