- Fish is rich in inflammation-busting omega-3 fatty acids. Try to work such options as salmon and tuna into your diet at least twice a week to reap the benefits.
- Broccoli packs a vitamin-rich punch and contains sulforaphane, a molecule that research suggests may be able to prevent or slow the progress of osteoarthritis. It’s also rich in calcium, which is necessary for building and maintaining bone health.
- Green tea may be your beverage of choice if you have arthritis. It’s been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help preserve cartilage.
- Cherries help reduce the number of flare-ups in people who have gout. Anthocyanins, the substances in them that help reduce gout, are also found in berries.
- Beans are a high-fiber food that may help lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the body. CRP is often found at high levels in people with arthritis. Beans also contain immune system boosters such as folic acid, magnesium and zinc. Try red, pinto or kidney beans.
Foods to Skip
Some foods—such as those with high levels of sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, processed carbohydrates, aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG)—have a track record of triggering arthritis symptoms. These can include sweet treats, caffeinated drinks, salty foods, meat and snack foods. Keeping alcohol consumption to moderate levels is also a good idea.