Keeping inflammation under control is the secret to managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a progressive disease marked by inflammation and pain. With RA, your immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake, especially cells in and around your joints, resulting in inflammation. If left unchecked, RA can be very disabling.
The good news is, scientists are now starting to examine the role of diet and nutrition in managing RA. A study presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in Atlanta in 2019 suggested that an anti-inflammatory diet helps improve symptoms of RA, such as joint pain and swelling, in two weeks.
Inflammation gets a bad rap because of its association with a slew of diseases. But inflammation plays a crucial role in your body’s immune response to an infection or injury. It’s your body’s way of telling you that your white blood cells are working to fight a harmful microbe or working to heal and repair damaged cells. Read more..