Easing Arthritis Pain With Diet

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright. If you have arthritis, you wan to do everything you can to fight painful inflammation. Adjusting your diet can help. Consider three strategies, eat loads of fruits and vegetables, they're full of plant substances called phytochemicals that squelch inflammation, get rid of omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-6 fatty acids, aren't listed on labels, but they're abundant in most processed snack foods, margarine and anything else made from corn, sunflower and cotton seed oil. Omega-6s could be called pain makers, that's because inflammatory chemicals in your body become much more aggressive when you consume far more omega-6's than good 0mega-3 fatty acids.

Which brings me to the next step. Eat plenty of Omega-3s. Those are found in fish, nuts and olive and canola oil, a healthy diet can also help you lose excess weight. Fat cells release cytokines, chemicals linked to pain and inflammation. So losing even a little extra weight can help ease those pains.

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