July 2011 Issue

Healthy Nutrition for Flexible Joints

When your joints are happy, you don’t even know they’re there. But if they are inflamed with arthritis, the condition can be painful and debilitating. Although the first line of defense for arthritis is medication, research is unfolding about the effects of diet on joint health. “Managing arthritis is about lifestyle and overall diet pattern coupled with quality medical treatment by a rheumatologist,” explains Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D., an RA-sufferer and national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Changes in arthritis symptoms that may relate to overall dietary pattern are not likely to happen overnight. Some people may find that over time—three to six months—a plant-based, Mediterranean-type diet may help them feel better.”

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