Although there are foods and diets that are touted as being anti-inflammatory, there is little research in this area to make specific recommendations thus far. It is a fascinating area of study, but much work needs to be done. Maintaining a healthy weight will minimize stress on joints, and clearly nutrition has much to do with body weight and body composition. I generally recommend avoiding processed foods, and I emphasize whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein. Protein is important to maintain muscle mass, which in autoimmune/inflammatory diseases can decrease over time (and this has been demonstrated in RA). We hope to explore many of the questions of optimum nutrition and supplementation in RA in future research being conducted at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.
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