Ginger, cinnamon and saffron reduce arthritis disease activity

Spices including ginger, cinnamon and saffron are amongst the relatively few dietary interventions for which there is positive evidence when it comes to arthritis symptoms.

Publishing a review of the evidence in a leading academic journal, experts also found that antioxidants (quercetin and ubiquinone) and probiotics containing Lactobacillus Casei fare well in terms of reducing the disease activity scores of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

While there is promising evidence for the Mediterranean diet, the raw food and anti-inflammatory diet showed less promise.  

“Studies on diet or dietary supplements are limited in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but based on the results in this review there is evidence that some interventions might have positive effects on [disease activity scores].”

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