50 million people in the US suffer from some form of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia.
For many, medication is not enough. But pain relief can also be found in the foods you eat.
Here’s a closer look at what you should and should not eat to find relief.
Mary Caldwell cooks to distract her from the pain. That's more than 15,000 meals. And what she is cooking up could end up helping or hurting her.
Studies show saturated fats may increase inflammation in the body. That means bacon, steak, butter and cream may trigger arthritis pain.
Omega 6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils may also increase inflammation and joint pain.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna, trout, walnuts, tofu and canola oil may help decrease inflammation and decrease pain.
Selenium fights free radicals that cause damage to healthy tissue. One 3.5 ounce serving of tuna gives you a full day's requirement of selenium.
And you may want to add a little hot sauce to your meal. An oxford study shows 40% f arthritis patients reduced their pain by half aft using Capsaicin for one month. It's found in chili peppers.
With the right diet and medications, Mary is able to stay active, even taking a trip to Disney for the very first time. With the right attitude, and the right food choices, you can bet arthritis will not slow her down.
And you may want to pop open a cold one too. A study on rheumatic diseases found drinking alcohol may be linked to a significantly reduced chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis.