Arthritis diets and supplements: Do they work?


Pain from arthritis might lead you to try anything to relieve it, including a change in diet or taking supplements. Make sure you know what works first. Many people with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) seek relief by buying the latest book or nutritional supplement claiming to relieve or cure arthritis, or they take advice from a neighbour who swore that eating gin-soaked raisins eased her symptoms. How do you navigate this grey area of unregulated therapies to know if what you're doing can help or harm? We spoke with two experts who provided insight into the claims made for arthritis diets and supplements. Dr Hayes Wilson, is a rheumatologist and Dr Christine Gerbstadt, is a dietician. Here's a guide to help you sort fact from fiction: Diets, Eliminate nightshades. One of the most common diet claims is that eliminating nightshade vegetables, which include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and most peppers, relieves arthritis. This diet probably isn't harmful, but there are no studies to support it.
Alkaline diet. The alkaline diet presumes both OA and RA are caused by too much acid.

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Arthritis diets and supplements: Do they work?