Joint swelling is a major symptom of most types of arthritis. If left untreated, it may lead to excruciating pain and discomfort while performing simple physical activities. Frequent arthritic flare-ups can also affect one’s spinal cord, hip, pelvis, and lower back in the long run. While treatment may be necessary for managing arthritis, eating the right foods is also essential. Some foods have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can ease pain and improve heart health.
Fishes like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines have omega-3 fatty acids. According to The Arthritis Foundation, eating three to four ounces of the recommended fish a couple of times a week can protect the heart and reduce inflammation.
Frozen or fresh grapes and berries, including blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries, have proven to ease arthritis symptoms. Similarly, apples and pomegranates, rich sources of fiber and antioxidants, can be go-to snacking options.
Patients can add broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and cauliflower to their meals in any form. The natural component called glucosinolates found in vegetables has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Nuts like walnuts, almonds, and cashews are nutrient-dense, low in saturated fats, and high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which help regulate cholesterol and reduce inflammation.
Ginger and turmeric
These traditional superfoods add a rich flavor to teas, soups, and other liquids and can act as an instant calmer for arthritis flare-ups, including joint pain and swelling.
Studies show that garlic can be beneficial for treating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.
Whole grains like quinoa, farro, and bulgur have high mineral and fiber content. Adding three to six ounces to the daily meals is recommended for arthritis.
One can opt for olive oil, rich in omega-3 and omega-6 acids, for good heart and joint health. Long-term use has proven to improve physical movements in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Eating dark chocolate with a cocoa level of at least 70% can prove highly beneficial for managing the symptoms of this joint disorder.
Nutrient-rich organic green teas made from traditional herbs can soothe inflammation and calm the nervous system. Green tea is especially helpful for rheumatoid arthritis.
Besides healthy foods for arthritis, doctors may recommend a range of treatments. For instance, the FDA-approved Otezla® and TREMFYA® help relieve psoriatic arthritis symptoms by reducing joint pain and swelling. Other psoriatic arthritis treatments include STELARA®, COSENTYX®, and RINVOQ®. Apart from these, Voltaren is a clinically proven gel to reduce stiffness and improve movement. Advil can help relieve minor joint aches.
Rheumatoid arthritis, another common type of arthritis, can be controlled with XELJANZ®. AbbVie’s HUMIRA® is another versatile treatment to neutralize rheumatoid arthritis in adults; it can also treat polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in kids. Similarly, ACTEMRA® and KEVZARA® can help treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. If arthritis leads to headaches, one may use Excedrin® for relief. It is recommended to speak with a healthcare professional to develop a treatment plan as per one’s condition.
If one chooses TREMFYA® as a treatment option for psoriatic arthritis, they can simplify the process using the patient assistance program. Officially known as Janssen CarePath, the program provides insurance coverage information, data regarding out-of-pocket costs, treatment support, and other resources to help make treatment more affordable. One can sign up for this program and check out the application process after consulting with their healthcare provider.