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Diet and RA

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Which foods should I eat with rheumatoid arthritis?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

Some foods are especially beneficial to people with rheumatoid arthritis. Find out what should stock your refrigerator.

Transcript: People with rheumatoid arthritis are often deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Add leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and lean meats to your plate to increase your intake of these nutrients. Making an effort to include them may reduce painful symptoms, and at the very least, help your overall health. Also, some clinical trials indicate that omega-3 fatty acids may help inhibit the inflammation that causes joint pain. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, tuna and trout. You can also get omega-3s in walnuts, tofu, flaxseed oil and canola oil. But don’t take mega-doses of omega-3. It can, ironically, increase your risk for heart disease. More »

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