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An anti-inflammatory diet may alleviate rheumatoid arthritis
A diet with a relatively high amount of - let's name a few - selenium, healthy fatty acids, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc inhibits chronic inflammation in the body. According to an epidemiological study published in Nutrition Journal, such an anti-inflammatory diet may also help rheumatoid arthritis patients suffer less from their disease.
For each study participant, the Iranians calculated the dietary inflammatory index. You can read what this means here.
This was to be expected. After all, a high inflammatory index of the diet also increases inflammatory factors such as TNF-alpha and interleukin-6.
The higher the inflammatory index of their diet, the more affected the study participants were from their disease. A high inflammatory index was associated with more painful and swollen joints.
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"Prospective longitudinal studies or clinical trials are needed to elucidate whether the low dietary inflammatory index diet can induce relevant improvements in rheumatoid arthritis disease activity", write the Iranians.