Arthritis makes your body susceptible to inflammation, therefore watching your diet can aid in controlling the inflammation. Here’s a list of foods to keep away from if you are arthritic:


As much as those cookies, pastries and chocolates call out to you, it’s time to limit their intake. Sugar releases inflammatory catalysts called cytokines. Cytokines are proteins required in the inflammatory process. Plasma levels of cytokines are already elevated in arthritic patients, therefore it is essential to control the intake of foods causing cytokine release.

Saturated Fats

These can lead to adipose inflammation, and are sure shot facilitators for heart disease. Adipocytes are fat cells that store the body’s lipids. Aggregated adipocytes form adipose tissue, commonly known as body fat. Cut out processed meats, full-fat dairy and maida from your plate.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

While these provide nourishment for our development, excess consumption of these fatty acids will trigger inflammation. Go easy on peanuts, sunflower, corn, mayonnaise and salad dressings.

Gluten & Casein

Gluten is the common component in wheat and related grains, whereas casein is found in mammalian milk. These two also contribute towards inflamed joints. For patients that are lactose intolerant or have coeliac’s disease, the symptoms can be even worse. Gluten is found in barley, rye and wheat while casein can be found in milk products.


Aspartame, which is commonly known as ‘sugar-free’ products, is an inviting label for those trying to watch their calories. However, it doesn’t go well with arthritic patients. It is a neurotoxin, and if your body does not accept it, it can result in inflammation.


Alcohol can be heavy on the liver. It also has an impact on other organs in the body by weakening their function. Alcohol can impact the effect of medications taken for arthritis, which can lead to elevated inflammation.


Mono-Sodium Glutamate enhances flavour in popular oriental dishes. However, the ingredient can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, according to Dr. Forest Tennant at Veract Clinic.

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