Foods to Avoid in Arthritis Cases
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Eileen
Posted on: April 8, 2002

Which foods should be avoided with arthritis?

There is a chapter on the importance of diet in causing or preventing arthritis in C.J. Puotinen’s book, "Herbs to Relieve Arthritis" (available from Richters). For example, some people are sensitive to members of the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and bell or chili peppers. These foods contain solanine, a chemical that "inhibits an enzyme which is active in muscle and joint movement." Tobacco is also a member of the same family and is blamed by many to exacerbate arthritis.

There are many other foods that people can be sensitive to and arthritis patients may wish to investigate whether they have any of these sensitivities. People with arthritis have been known to be sensitive to meats, dairy products, grains, sugar. legumes, citrus fruits, etc. Sometimes finding a food sensitivity and eliminating that food can improve arthritis.

Also there are many foods that can cause uric acid to build up in the joints. Uric acid can crystalize and irritate the joints.

Although there are many who believe that there is an important connection between food and arthritis, the connection is a confusing and sometimes contradictory one. It is wise to seek advise from a natural health care provider such as a herbalist or naturopath for advice in your case.

Of course there are herbs that can help treat arthritis. Puotinen’s book mentioned above is a good guide. It discussed the herbs that are useful for arthritis and lays out options for treatment.

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