Arthritis affects around 10 million people, young and old, in the UK.
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the two most common types of arthritis, and symptoms include inflammation in and around the joints, warm, red skin over the affected joint, and weakness and muscle wasting.
While there is no cure, there are ways proven to ease pain and other symptoms.
What you eat can impact your arthritis – certain foods may not only increase inflammation, it can also set you up for other chronic conditions such as obesity, which can also affect arthritis.
According to Arthritis Foundation, refined carbohydrates like white rice can stimulate inflammation.
It says: “White flour products (breads, rolls, crackers) white rice, white potatoes (instant mashed potatoes, or french fries) and many cereals are refined carbohydrates.
“According to Scientific American, processed carbohydrates may trump fats as the main driver of escalating rates of obesity and other chronic conditions.
“These high-glycemic index foods fuel the production of advanced glycation end (AGE) products that stimulate inflammation.”
The following foods have also been known to cause inflammation:
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.
A number of studies have shown that saturates fats can trigger adipose (fat tissue) inflammation which can worsen arthritis inflammation.
Pizza and cheese are big sources of saturated fats, according to the National Cancer Institute.
But eating cherries cold help to ease the symptoms of arthritis, according to Aetna International’s Director of Population Health, Dr Sneh Khemka.
“Certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and improve the immune system,” Khemka told Express.co.uk.
“Adding these foods to your balanced diet, may help ease the symptoms of arthritis.
“Cherries have an anti-inflammatory effect and form part of your five-a-day.
“If you don’t like cherries you can try other berries. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries have the same effect.”
Another way of relieving arthritis pain can be through exercise.