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The dinner that defeats arthritis

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The persistent pain of arthritis can interfere with almost anything you try to do. But if you want to avoid arthritic aches, scientists have explained how to eat a meal that ameliorates this type of agony.

According to two studies, eating a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil can limit the inflammation that drives rheumatoid arthritis.

One of these studies shows that consuming the monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil every day holds back the disease activity that can make arthritis so painful.

The other study, a lab test, demonstrates that by reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, the Mediterranean diet can limit arthritic cartilage damage.

“We now have a much better understanding of the relationship between disease activity in patients with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and the Mediterranean diet …” says researcher Yoshinari Matsumoto of the Department of Medical Nutrition, Graduate School of Human Life Science, Osaka City University, Japan.

Previous research shows that eating a Mediterranean diet can reduce inflammation in RA, improve your ability to move around and increase your sense of well-being.

“Confirming that daily intake of monounsaturated fatty acids, as a component of the Mediterranean diet, is an independent predictor of remission in patients with RA suggests that monounsaturated fatty acids might actually be suppressing disease activity,” Matsumoto says.

The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, uses olive oil, mostly excludes processed foods and allows moderate consumption of red wine. It emphasizes beans, poultry and fish as protein sources and limits red meat.

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