flaxseed improves pain and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very common form of arthritis, that causes severe and even crippling pain. It is an autoimmune disease and a chronic inflammatory condition. The most important step in beating it is fighting the inflammation with an anti-inflammatory diet. Flax may be an important part of that, according to a new study.

The new study lasted 12 weeks and had 102 people with rheumatoid arthritis either eat 30g a day of flaxseed with a regular diet, 30g of flaxseed with an anti-inflammatory diet or a regular placebo diet.

Adding flaxseed to a regular diet significantly decreased scores on the Disease Activity Score 28-joints (DAS28), which evaluates disease activity and treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis, compared to regular diet. Pain severity, morning stiffness and disease feeling all improved significantly in both flax groups. Improvements in pain and physical and mental health were significantly greater in the flax groups. Scores on the health assessment questionnaire also improved significantly more in the two flax groups.

This study shows that something as simple as adding flaxseeds to your diet could be a life changer for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Eur J Nutr. 2022 Apr ;61(3):1377-1389

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