Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Reduce joint pain with dark chocolate and kidney beans

Antioxidants could reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients, research has claimed.

Adding just 20g extra of antioxidants to diets could reduce the number of swollen and painful joints, a study revealed.

Important dietary antioxidants included vitamins A, C and E, as well as selenium.

Antioxidant-rich foods include dark chocolate, berries, kidney beans and pecans, according to nutritionist, Dr Josh Axe.

Scientists from the Netherlands analysed the effect of antioxidants on eight female rheumatoid arthritis patients.

They took 20g of antioxidants daily for 10 weeks, and their symptoms were recorded. Joint pain and inflammation was also analysed over the following four weeks.

Swelling and pain was “significantly decreased” after the initial 10-week period, the scientists claimed. Their general health significantly increased, too, they added.

Their symptoms subsequently increased over the following four weeks.

The researchers said: “This open pilot study aimed to assess the clinical relevance of an antioxidant intervention as a first step in assessing potential beneficial effects of antioxidants on rheumatoid arthritis.”

Clove, cinnamon and oregano are all antioxidant-rich herbs, said Dr Axe.

Therapeutic grade oils were highest in antioxidants, he added.

“Other antioxidant-rich herbs include garlic, cayenne pepper and green tea,” he said.

“Aim to consume two to three servings of these herbs or herbal teas daily.”

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks the cells lining joints by accident.

Those most at risk of developing the condition include women, smokers, and those with a family history of rheumatoid arthritis.

There’s currently no cure for the condition, but early diagnosis and supportive treatments could help to relieve symptoms.

Some medications can also help to slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

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