If you are one of the 3.5 billion Australians living with rheumatoid arthritis, you understand the difficulty of daily joint and body pain. New medical advances are making daily life easier than ever, but often diet is an overlooked aspect of your treatment. In fact, certain foods can play a huge role in helping to ease pain and inflammation. Here are the top seven superfoods you should be eating if you have arthritis.

1. Turmeric

It’s what makes curry powder golden yellow, and is one of the most healing plants in the world! Turmeric root contains an active compound called curcumin, which has been proven to help improve joint stiffness, swelling and pain.

2. Flaxseed

The omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed can assist with inflammation and joint pain, similar to fish or krill oil. It is recommended that you eat them ground rather than whole for your body to digest better, which means you can sprinkle them over cereal or even in your next batch of baked goods.

3. Krill Oil

As mentioned above, krill oil is another great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Krill oil however, is a huge source of concentrated omega-3s, which means a big dose of reduced pain and stiffness, as well as if taken daily an improved overall function.

4. Cherry Juice

Tart cherries contain high levels of antioxidants among other things, making them a great fruit boost as well as working to reduce inflammation and pain, improve recovery time and even aid sleep.

5. Ginger

You can shred it, grind it, steep it or just eat a chunk of it, however you ingest it, ginger root will work to reduce your joint pain. It is also available in supplement form, for those that may need a large concentrated dose.

6. Pomegranate

Recent studies are finding that pomegranates may help reduce inflammation and even prevent joint deterioration! It’s certainly no cure, but it may just help prevent you further pain, longer.

7. Green Tea

Unlike black tea, green tea is made from unfermented leaves. It has the highest concentration of antioxidants giving it a huge benefit in helping to fight your inflammation.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and it is affecting your daily life, consider making an appointment with a chiropractor. Helensvale Chiropractic offers massage, exercise and stretching, nutrition, chiropractic services and more. All of which can work for you to help bring your pain levels down and reduce joint stiffness and swelling.

Our team consists of fully-qualified and highly-experienced chiropractors, massage therapist and nutritionists. Which means we have all the skills and experience to find the best treatment to suit your needs, and achieve the results you are looking for.