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Nutrient-dense foods contain nutrients and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and maintain joint health.

The link between nutrition and arthritis

There's a relationship among diet, healthy body weight, and conditions such as inflammation and arthritis. Experts agree: the best remedy for these conditions is to eat nutrient-dense foods and maintain a healthy body weight.

Diets with a balance of essential nutrients are important to maintain joint health. Calcium and vitamin D improve bone health and are vital components of any nutrition plan for people experiencing joint problems. Anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as omega-3s, also are beneficial in the management of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. A subset of essential nutrients called antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, and minerals zinc and selenium) also reduce inflammation. Diets that are lower in fat, especially saturated fats, have been shown to put less "wear and tear" on the joints. Diets rich in saturated and trans fats cause further inflammation and should be avoided.

Additionally, maintaining a healthy body weight is an important factor in overall health and in fighting arthritis. Weight loss reduces the burden on affected joints and lessens the symptoms of arthritis.

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