Foods that are high in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids can help with your rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They can improve symptoms such as tender and swollen joints and morning stiffness. They may also decrease your disease activity.
Studies found that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in fish oil help reduce RA symptoms. Fish oil is available as a pill supplement or directly in seafood. Before you start taking dietary supplements such as fish oil, talk to your doctor.
Other healthy foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are:
- fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines
- nuts and seeds, such as flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts
- plant oils, such as flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil
- fortified foods, such as some eggs, juices, milk, and soy beverages
The Mediterranean style diet encourages these foods. It has more fish than other diets. It is also rich in olive oil, nuts and seeds, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. It limits saturated fats and red meat. Experts have studied this diet and say it is a healthy, too.
Start your healthy diet today and make RA symptoms go away!