4 Tasty Ways to Tame Inflammation


A tip from Smokey the Bear might help ease your arthritis symptoms. Smokey always said a spark is enough to start a forest fire. Likewise, sparks of inflammation in your joints trigger rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms. Research suggests you may help dowse your symptoms if you eat inflammation-fighters like these ...

  • Fruits and veggies. Research shows that antioxidants battle inflammation. Good choices include apples, berries, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, and kale.
  • Olive oil. This oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and oleocanthal — two compounds with proven anti-inflammatory powers.
  • Green tea. Research from the University of Michigan suggests a mighty compound found in green tea, called EGCG, combats RA inflammation.
  • Dark chocolate. Eat small amounts of this in place of junk food. Junk food may cause inflammation, but dark chocolate antioxidants fight to stop it.

There are even more natural arthritis relievers to be found in What Every Senior Should Eat 2.

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  • FC&A Staff Writer