Fight Inflammation, Joint Pain With Omega-3

Fatty cold-water fish, soybeans, flax seeds, and walnuts are among the best food sources to protect your joints.

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Inflammation is the enemy for those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-and one way to fight it is to include foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. "Inflammation is a process by which the bodys white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances," explains Beth Czerwony, M.S., R.D., a certified dietician at Cleveland Clinic. "But some diseases, such as RA, cause the bodys immune system to trigger inflammatory response signals that actually damage its own tissues. Some foods, especially those that contain omega-3 fatty acids, can reduce the degree of chemical response."
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