Science has since touted the benefits of a healthy diet in fighting inflammation – a diet low in saturated fats and refined sugar and high in vegetable, fruits and whole grains. It isn’t unheard that avoiding animal products such as meat and dairy can alleviate inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic inflammation caused by a disordered immune system that triggers inflammation. If left untreated, it could lead to damage of body tissues and joints; causing permanent disability. Inflammation can cause swelling, pain, warmth and redness.
Raw Foods to Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
It seems that plants developed a natural defence mechanism to protect them from harm. Because they can’t get up and run away from viruses, insects or even the sunlight, they have to develop enzymes that will protect them. Scientists have discovered that these enzymes hold anti-inflammatory properties that when consumed can also reduce the level of inflammations in the body.
When inflammation is out of control, like in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, these top raw foods can help you reduce the symptoms.
Leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens are rich in nutrients that can help ward off inflammation symptoms. Full of antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids and Vitamin C, leafy greens when eaten raw can help prevent tissue injury and cellular damage.
In fact, kale has been recognized as the most nutrient dense plant on the planet. It is very rich in vitamins and minerals, containing 121 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids, making it a leafy green superstar.
Like leafy vegetables, blueberries are full of carotenoids and flavonoids. It is recognized as a superfood because of its anti-inflammatory properties. These nutritious berries supports healthy immune systems, help make the skin glow and promotes quick metabolism. Blueberries can be eaten whole or be blended for a delicious smoothie.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory herb that contains unique enzyme inhibitors to reduce pain and swelling. Turmeric is a perfect spice to a variety of foods to enjoy its full healing effect. Turmeric is beneficial for people suffering from arthritis or those experiencing regular pain.
Sesame and Hemp Seeds
Fats found in sesame and hemp seeds shouldn’t be feared because it is different from the ones found in meat, dairy and sweets. The healthy fat pertains to Omega 3 which is commonly found in anchovies, salmon and other fish. Instead of fish, choose sesame and hemp seeds. You can also place them as a garnishment for your veggie salad for healthy fat, extra protein and fiber.
Besides seeds, another good source of inflammation-fighting food is nuts, especially almonds. Almonds are rich in calcium, fiber, Vitamin and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), a form of Omega-3 fat. Packed with antioxidants, it can help the body repair damaged caused by chronic inflammation.
Beets’ radiant red color is not only appealing but equally beneficial to health. Beetroot juice and beets have been shown to lower level of inflammation, thanks to ‘betacyanin’ – an antioxidant related to anthocyanin. It is also rich in fiber and Vitamin C which helps protect the body from cancer and heart disease.
Nearly all fruits can help fight inflammation since they’re low in calories and fat; and rich in antioxidants. However, berries, particularly raspberries, have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, due to anthocyanins, the powerful antioxidant that gives off its rich color. Studies have shown that red raspberry can help prevent animals from having joint diseases such as arthritis.
According to recent research, tart cherries contain the ‘highest anti-inflammatory compound of any food’. In the study, tart cherry juice can lower the inflammation of the rats’ blood vessels by up to 50%. It has also been shown to help athletes enhance their performance and reduce the usage of pain relievers. Experts suggest drinking 1 cup of tart cherry juice or eating 1 ½ cup of tart cherries. And yes, they must be tart, otherwise, they don’t seem to have same effect.