Foods That Can Help Arthritis Sufferers

Do you suffer from arthritis? If that’s so, over-the-counter pain medication may become a common fixture in your life. Unfortunately, some individuals are susceptible to addiction and there are health complications due to over-consumption. So, what should you do? Consider more natural ways to seek relief. In fact, start in your kitchen. Although there are no guarantees, many arthritis patients see success by incorporating certain foods into their diets. What type of foods may help those, like you, suffering from arthritis?


Pineapple is highly recommended for arthritis mainly because it possesses a chemical substance known as Bromelain. Many claims this helps to prevent inflammation. In fact, some athletic trainers recommend its consumption to help keep important joints pain free and flexible. Like with any other health foods, it is wise to eat fresh rather than processed or frozen.

Oily Fish

Individuals struggling with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are often encouraged to steer clear of meats. Meat has fat that is known to produce inflammatory agents within the body. However, the exception to this is with fish. Oily fish, like mackerel and salmon, are rich in omeg-3 fatty acids. These acids have numerous health benefits. These fatty acids inhibit the release of joint destroying chemicals and compounds. Supplements can be found in many retail stores, but it’s always best to get these oils specifically from fresh fish. Experts recommend at least 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.
*Not a fish fan, but still want the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids? Try soy beans (edamame or tofu) which are low in fat, high in protein and fiber and an all-around good-for-you food.


Celery contains a variety of anti-inflammatory agents; all which reduce the suffering of chronic arthritis pain. It’s best to eat the celery seeds which contain a powerful healing compound known as 3-nbutylphthalide, or 3nB. Some recommend placing as much as 1 tsp of celery seeds into a cup with warm water, and letting them steep for a few minutes then drink. This can provide almost instant pain relief during an attack. Remember, the celery plant as a whole also contains anti-inflammatory agents; so eating fresh celery regularly has benefits too.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper, also known as Red Chili Pepper, might help alleviate the joint pain associated with most types of arthritis. As for how, you may be amazed. Many claim it triggers the release of natural endorphins. Essentially, your body itself stops the pain. Besides ingesting cayenne pepper, you may also want to use topical mixtures that work well too. Try mixing up to 1 quart of rubbing alcohol with 1 oz. of cayenne pepper. It’s very important to note, this solution is to be applied to the skin during bouts of pain. Under no circumstances should you drink the mixture due to the rubbing alcohol.


Perhaps one the best arthritis treatments can be found cherries. Research indicates that cherries reduce the frequency of gout attacks. Research shows that the anthocyanins found in cherries provide an anti-inflammatory effect. Anthocyanins can be found in other red and purple fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries as well. For best results, invest in organic liquid cherry concentrate and follow directions on bottle.


Ginger is a well-known and effective arthritis pain treatment. Most often utilized as a cooking spice, it offers many health benefits. In addition to reducing inflammation, it helps in treating diarrhea and nausea. Available in a spice format, it can and should be sprinkled atop cooked vegetables and other foods. As with omeg-3 fatty oils, it is best to go directly to the source—Fresh ginger is easy to peel and cook. Wrap it in a towel or bag and freeze for months.

While the foods mentioned above may assist those suffering from arthritis, unfortunately, there are no guarantees. Since our bodies each process food in different ways, ginger (for example) may reduce joint pain for one individual, but it may also trigger addition pain for other individuals. It’s advised that you see a nutritionist or dietician for a proper assessment and treatment plan if you have any concerns.

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