Ideal diet revealed for people with rheumatoid arthritis

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Rheumatology specialists are often asked about precise dietary recommendations for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Other than standard healthy eating advice it can be difficult to give exact instructions as the science at times appears to conflict.

But now a research team has looked at the evidence published in the area and put together some extremely precise advice in Clinical Nutrition, aiming to help people with rheumatoid arthritis eat to counteract inflammation.


  • Five portions of fruit and veg;
  • Spices – curcumin, ginger and cinnamon;
  • Three portions of carbohydrate, ideally in the form of cereals (such as rice, corn or buckwheat);
  • One portion of low-fat milk and one portion of light yoghurt (or two portions of one of them);
  • One 30g portion of seeds and dried fruits or two portions of extra virgin olive oil;
  • A small glass of red wine.


  • White meat, omega-3 rich fish (ie mackerel or salmon) or fresh legumes.


  • Two portions of eggs or fresh cheese.


One portion a week of red meat or processed meat.

The team advises that people exercise every day, drink 1.5–2 litres of water, supplement the diet with vitamin D and omega 3 and avoid salt and sugar, concluding that “the food pyramid allows patients to easily figure out what to eat.”

Click here to read the original research and to see the food pyramid that the experts came up with.

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