A new study from the United Kingdom, published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, finds that vitamin D may prevent inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. This vitamin strengthens the immune system helping prevent the body from attacking healthy cells and causing autoimmune conditions of this kind.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed blood samples and joint fluid samples from rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Study author Dr. Louisa Jeffery from the University of Birmingham says: “Our research indicated that maintaining sufficient vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis.”
A review of existing research, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, completed a list of foods that have been proven to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis for a long time.
The authors of the study Dr. Bhawna Gupta with Shweta Khanna and Kumar Sagar Jaiswal at KIIT’s Disease Biology Labs in the School of Biotechnology grouped the foods under 8 categories:
- Fruits: prunes, grapefruits, grapes, blueberries, bananas, pomegranate, mango, peaches, apples.
- Cereals: whole oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, whole flattened rice.
- Legumes: black soybean, black gram.
- Whole grains: wheat, rice, oats, corn, rye, millets, sorghum, canary seed, barley.
- Spices: turmeric, ginger.
- Herbs: sallaki, ashwagandha.
- Oils: olive oil, fish oil, borage seed oil.
- Miscellaneous: yogurt (curd), green tea, basil (tulsi) tea.
Dr. Bhawna Gupta says: “Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis should switch from omnivorous diets, drinking alcohol, and smoking [adhering to] Mediterranean, vegan, elemental, or elimination diets, as advised by their doctor or dietician.”