Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Natural oils in everyday foods can keep your joints moving smoothly when rheumatoid arthritis starts to slow down

OLIVES: The golden oil squeezed from them could ward off rheumatoid arthritis. Olive oil is loaded with healthful monounsaturated fatty acids that relieve inflammation while its antioxidants nab free radicals before they can harm your body. In fact, olive oil beat out all other foods in banishing RA during a study in Greece.

FLAX: Oil from this plant is proven friend to arthritis sufferers. Start with a smaller amount and slowly add it to your diet. Try pouring it on salads and vegetables for a flavourful treat but don't use it to fry foods as it breaks down in very high heat and could become more harmful than healthy. Look for flaxseed oil in health food stores and supermarkets and always check for expiration dates for freshness.

PUMPKIN SEEDS: Pumpkins aren't just fall ornaments. The "green gold" made from their seeds is a tasty oil with a store of omega-3, selenium, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants sure to get your sore joints moving.

SELENIUM: This mineral is also an anti-inflammatory and it just may protect you from developing RA. Just shop for a variety of seafood and poultry, as well as mushrooms, whole grains, and raw fruits and vegetables.

VITAMIN E: This natural antioxidant could play a role in preventing RA. Many cooking oils are rich in vitamin E, but be sure to pick oils like olive and canola that have more omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6. You can also find vitamin E in dark leafy greens, fortified cereals, wheat germ, nuts and seeds.

Choosing Healthy Drinks
Drink to your health, but choose wisely. Some beverages may protect you from rheumatoid arthritis while others could put you at risk.

TEA: If you want to play it safe, ditch the coffee and switch to tea. The secret could lie in tea's team of protective antioxidants and soothing anti-inflammatory agents so pour yourself a cup of tea and say cheers to your health.

DANGERS OF DECAF: Women who drank four or more cups of decaffeinated coffee a day, in a study, were more than twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

THE OMEGA-FACTORY: You may find real pain relief naturally just by balancing two nutrients in your diet. Omega -3 and omega-6 are two fatty acids your body needs to run smoothly but the important catch here is that you need them in the right proportions. Omega-6 is plentiful in vegetable oils, eggs, meat, milk and fried or processed foods. Omega-3, on the other hand, is a rarer bird, showing up in olive and canola oils, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and wheat germ-foods most people don't eat enough. As a result, you could be getting up to 25 times more omega-6 than omega-3. Eating a diet like this is just asking for pain and balancing these two nutrients may feel like walking a tight rope, but the results could be worth it.

A better ratio of fatty acids may keep your immune system healthy, ward off diseases like RA, and reduce already active inflammation. Reining in these ratios is simple. First, try replacing vegetable oils like corn, safflower, soybean, etc., with olive or canola oils when you cook. Next, cut back on processed and fast foods and look for ways to fit in more cold water fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, bluefish, striped bass.


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