Vegetarian diet for Arthritis Patients – let’s talk about this topic today. Namrata Singh, Nutritionist from Fit with Diet, informs us more about the subject.
Arthritis is the condition of swollen and tender joints. The major symptoms include knobby finger joints, joint pain, stiffness; that typically worsen with age. It is most common among women and it is not a disease of aging.
People of any age group can become its target. There are more than hundred types of arthritis, however, the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when flexible tissues at the ends of bones wear down, this process is called cartilage and it worsens over time.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the joints are attacked by the immune system, beginning with the lining of joints. Treatments vary as per the type of arthritis.
Researchers have proven that adapting to a vegan diet can help reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis by 53%.
Vegetarian diet for Arthritis Patients
Food to include
- Fruits (apple, berries, papaya, Kiwi, pear, avocado, apricot)
- Veggies like onion, kale, all gourds, pumpkin and spinach
- Moong daal
- Ginger, coriander, haldi, garlic which are anti inflammatory giving relief in arthritis
- Dairy products
- Turmeric in milk
- Omega rich food like flax seeds
- Dark leafy veggies like spinach, broccoli, etc.
- Olive oil
- Garlic and onion
- Oats, brown rice and whole grain, soya grain, cereal
- Almond, chia seeds
- Walnuts which are rich in Selenium have antioxidant properties and are a source of good fat.
- Protein source like soya which is also rich in omega 3 and fatty acid
Food to avoid
- Refined flour
- Too much citrus food
- Vegetables like tomato, potato, peas and brinjal
- Lentils like chickpeas, rajma and kala chana
- Caffeine, fast food and carbonated drinks