Eating Your Way to Better Health: Food for Arthritis

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We all know how important a healthy diet is for managing weight; however, a balanced diet can do much more than that. Your diet may actually help to relieve symptoms of some painful conditions such as arthritis.

Arthritis is an umbrella term for a number of conditions that affects the joints by causing damage, stiffness, and inflammation. Arthritis affects 3.85 million Australians, many of which are seniors. Whilst there is no cure for arthritis, research suggests that diet may play a role in managing the symptoms of some types of arthritis.

Studies have shown that eating foods rich in healthy fats may help reduce inflammation of the joints and manage the symptoms of arthritis. The following foods are rich in healthy fats like monounsaturated fats and omega-3:

  • Walnuts, pecan nuts, and almonds
  • Flax (as also called linseed) and chia seeds
  • Avocados
  • Olive oil and sunflower oil
  • Oily fish (such as salmon and sardines)

Saturated fats are unhealthy and should be limited to maintain a balanced diet. Red meat, poultry, full-fat dairy products and processed foods are typically high in saturated fats. Studies have found a link between saturated fats and increased cartilage damage in people with arthritis, so it’s particularly important for individuals with arthritis to limit saturated fat intake.

Navigating a healthy diet and managing a chronic condition without help can be challenging. Black Swan Health’s Accredited Practising Dietitians can assist you with private dietetic services, including tailored nutrition advice and strategies. Our dietitians can help with a large range of conditions including gout, coeliac disease, food intolerances/allergy, diabetes and anemia.

Click here to find out how you can improve your health today with our range of free and low-cost chronic disease services, including our osteoarthritis program and preventative health and wellness program.