Foods To Avoid If You Have Arthritis

October 18, 2006

3045974510.jpgAs we age … whatever work we do… we eventually succumb to annoying joint pains.  The aches and pains of growing old so they say.  It is estimated that approximately 2.5 million Americans have a form of joint disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis. Our parents may have and you may have it too as we age.

Often times our patients complain that certain foods affect the onset of joint pains.  Almost always we don’t put too much weight on the food triggers except if we are talking about Gouty Arthritis due to excessive uric acid in the blood.  Here, food triggers are very important.  But with this new study published in the Journal GUT our attitude will have to change.

The study showed that the “production of antibodies to certain foods is strikingly increased in the gut of many patients with rheumatoid arthritis  It may be that hypersensitivity to certain foods leads to a flare-up in the joints.” 

The foods known to trigger the joint pains included : milk, eggs, pork and fish.

This study further elucidates an important fact that medical practitioners always fail to understand:

Patients know what they feel…and that instead of relegating the complaints of food triggers to joint pains as mere psychological in nature… there may in fact be a true immunological basis to it!

My recommendation: If you feel a certain food exacerbates your joint pains then avoid it.  You may be right that certain food that you like can trigger the inflammatory process.

Joint Pains?… Check Your Food!


22 Responses to “Foods To Avoid If You Have Arthritis”

  1. Dr. Tan,
    Nice blog site. We happened to review the same article from Gut on our respective blogs…I share your interest and enthusiasm. Congratulations on your successful practice and use of the web to help people.

    Scot M. Lewey, D.O., FACP, FAAP
    the food doc

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    Thanks Scot for the nice comment. Yes… it has always been my advocacy to reach more people and educate them whatever means possible… and really to take time to do it. Same comment on your blog Scot.

  3. Marcus Says:

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  4. Susan Says:

    Nice to see a site that empowers people to listen to their own bodies when treating RA.

    My experience has been that various foods make a huge difference in how RA acts, in fact I can cause a flare just by changing my diet, or I can be smart and avoid the foods I’ve come to know are suspect for myself and remain pain free.

    Susan Dorey

  5. michelle Says:

    hi im looking for my dad he is sufering real bad with arthritis thanks for the tips. i really wonted to know about food and drinks that may trigger it off.

  6. Hi, Doc Gerry! I know that you wrote this article 2 years ago, but I just started blogging and I came across this post when I posted a blog about foods that trigger inflammation. Though I know I am responding 2 years later, I just wanted you to know that you are right on point! I love hearing when doctors say that the patients know their body and doctors should listen more. Thank you for sharing.

    –Rhonda’s Cooking

  7. Crystal Says:

    Very good post, thanks!

  8. RAJESH RAI Says:


  9. Liz Penny Says:

    This really is funny, I was just searching about this yesterday. For some motive I discovered this site lol. I’ll be coming back again here. This can be a good blog.!..rare for me to stumble on new web sites Cheers 🙂

  10. Sage Mowen Says:

    I was put on, at the pain clinic, Cymbalta for long term relief and morphine sulphate for instant relief. I take Darvocet for long term pain relief also. I get upper dermals but the damage is so great ? I would be careful on horseback. don’t gallop it’ll shake your neck apart and jar you.

  11. sarah jane Says:

    dear doc gerry,

    Thank you for all your efforts to provide us healthy tips on how to avoid having this disease. And can you pls elaborate what are the kinds of fish that would trigger? Thank you and God Bless

  12. Vassilios Kosmas Says:

    fish to avoid

  13. jeff santos Says:

    Doc Gerry nice to read your post. Just want to ask what is should i avoid eating, recently i have water on my knee ,taken 50ml water from my right knee last July. until now i suffer little pain on this and cannot walk normal.hard for me to bend it. i don’t know what to o. hope you could answer soon. Thank you and more power.

    • Doc Gerry Says:

      Hi Jeff… definitely you have inflammation in the joints. If it is due to gout then food triggers that increase uric acid should be avoided. Check my post on it.

  14. Tangelia Prince Says:

    I have RA and I suffer with pain everyday all day what can I do to help with the pain or what foods should I avoid

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  20. Thomas Fada Says:

    Is bitter foods and coffee good for patients with high uric acid?

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