Diet & Nutrition


  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    Hi Elisa,
    I take vitamin D (2000 IU daily) since this vitamin has been shown linked to RA. I also live in the Pacific Northwest where direct sunlight is at a premium and natural production of vit D is lower than in other populations. I also take fish oil (1,200 mg daily) but that is mostly for lipids as I have a history of high LDL and low LDL cholesterol.
    You can read more about this at this site:

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi Elisa –
    I agree with Andrew that fish oil is great as Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to naturally decrease inflammation. And I figure if there is something natural that can help it can’t hurt to try it!! However, that being said, if you plan to take any sort of vitamin you should speak to your doctor about it first as some vitamins can interact with certain RA treatments. So it’s a good idea to make sure your doctor is on board first!

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  • By tammie

    Interesting story to me as I have been researching different ways of eating to help lower inflammation. What I have found is, if I cut out all processed and refined items out of my diet, I decrease the amount of pain dramatically! I found paleo works great for me! I did this way of eating for six weeks, and then went on vacation, where I ate recklessly (yummy)! But, upon doing so, the pain and inflammation came back FULL FORCE!!
    In first implementing this into my life, I didnt think it was changing much, until I went off of it for a week! Damn! Big difference! Now, I look at that m&m and think to myself, “is this going to be worth the pain?” “Is this going to be worth having to take more medication?” So, the m&m addict in me pushes it away and will make something sweetened with honey or bananas! (banana nut muffins, yummy!!)
    Paleo, organic, glutten free, this works for me! This works for me!!! Hope it helps anyone else trying to manage their pain! ~♡♡♡

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  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    I’ve carefully tried all the “free” diets…paleo, gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. and none of them made a difference in how RA impacted me. Unfortunately this is the case for many. But glad you’re finding success.

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    I agree with Andrew – I haven’t had any success in alleviating my RA symptoms by changing my diet. But if it works for you, Tammie, that’s fantastic! And I love cheese too, Kathleen. ~;o)

    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

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  • By RufusG

    The “Omega-6/3 Ratio” is a key indicator of Inflammation

    Eating more Omega-3 is relatively easy, but REDUCING Omega-6 is more difficult as it needs you to change your diet and lifestyle

    Omega-3 comes from oily fish like salmon, herring & mackarel plus walnuts, chia & flax seeds

    Omega-6 comes from Sunflower oil (Omega-6=64%), Corn oil (52%) and especially Soybean oil (51%)
    Check the labels on all processed foods, and watch out for the massive amounts of soybeans fed to animals. You may want to reduce your consumption of animal products, unless they are grass-fed.

    Better oils for cooking are: Rapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil & organic butter

    The RATIO is important
    You can help to overcome the Omega-6 by eating lots of Omega-3, but you almost certainly need to reduce your intake of Omega-6

    Search for more information about the Omega-6/3 Ratio and Inflammation


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    • By Jillian S Moderator

      Thanks for your input and being a part of our community.
      The Omega 6/3 ratio is certainly important and finding the right balance can naturally help alleviate RA symptoms. Additionally, omega 3’s may help protect against certain cancers as they inhibit certain cancer inducing enzymes. I thought you might enjoy reading more about this topic on our website:
      Jillian ( Team)

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  • By Fozia

    Hi all ! I’ve been diagnosed with RA since 2001 , its been 16 years i’m fighting with this disease further i’m suffering with scleroderma now , damn freaky painful it is . My doc are prescribing me only folic acid which i found not working well . As i was reading comments above Omega3 seems to be more useful according to the patients of RA bcz of swallowing issues i ‘m not sure about this tablet if i can swallow it or not , If not , then any one in here can tell me alternative of omega3? ( sorry for my poor English)


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  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi Fozia! First off, I think your English is just fine! I am sorry you are dealing with RA and sclerdoma. Omega 3 can be found in certain foods like fish, walnuts, and chia seeds. Incorporating these foods into your diet, if you haven’t already, can help you get a good dose of Omega3. Here is some information on foods that contain Omega Acids and how to incorporate them into your diet — Also, here is some information on Omega3 that you may find helpful — If you decide to try a supplement, there are Omega3 oils (as opposed to pills/capsules) that you can take everyday. I hope this helps and thanks for your question. You should also consult with your physician before adding any supplements to your diet, just to be safe. Best, Erin, Team Member.

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