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Can diet affect arthritis - and alleviate joint pain ?

Yes, it most certainly can. A diet high in meat tends to encourage pain and inflammation, while a diet high in fish and seeds calms it down. Many people with arthritis also have food allergies. Of course, different people have different allergies, but two of the most common foods associated with arthritis are gluten grains such as wheat and milk. These are certainly worth avoiding for 10 days to see if it helps you, but it is best to have a food intolerance test so you know what your specific intolerances are.

Foods such as fish and flax seeds are good because they provide essential fats, especially omega-3s, which are natural anti-inflammatories. Try adding a ground dessertspoon of flax seeds to your cereal or in soups. Seeds are doubly good because they are very high in bone building minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, as is turmeric, the yellow spice in curry powders. Black pepper also has some benefits. So too do fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants - especially anything orange, red or blue, so raspberries, blueberries and carrots are great. These kinds of foods can make a tremendous difference to arthritis pain.

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