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Foods to Consider

As mentioned previously, it's unlikely that any food or diet will eliminate your pain, or control it well enough that you'll be able to stop your other treatments. So long as you choose healthy options, and do so in moderation, it probably won't hurt to try certain foods. Here are a few foods that might not only help improve your current pain control, but are also good for you. 
 
Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that are used by the body for many different functions, but aren't naturally made by the body. Instead, you must get them through food or supplements.
 
These essential fats have been shown to help reduce pain and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies even suggest that by consuming omega-3 fatty acids, people with rheumatoid arthritis may be able to reduce the amount of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) they need to control their pain.
 
Many types of fish are a major natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, including halibut, tuna, and salmon. You can also find omega-3 fatty acids in plant and nut oils. Fish oil supplements are also available for people who prefer not to eat fish.
 
Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Antioxidants are substances that work to prevent damage in the body that may be caused by certain normal body processes. It's not clear that antioxidants actually prevent chronic pain or reduce pain symptoms -- research is stronger supporting their role in reducing the risk for heart disease. But, because antioxidants are found in foods that are otherwise good for you, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, eating more antioxidants will likely help you feel better in general.
 
Vitamin D
Early studies have linked vitamin D deficiency (having lower-than-normal levels of vitamin D) with muscle and bone pain, as well as more severe pain from inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Other studies, however, have shown no relationship between vitamin D and pain.
 
Very few foods contain vitamin D. Your best bets are certain fishes, including swordfish, salmon, and canned tuna. Milk is usually fortified with vitamin D, as are some orange juices and yogurts.
 
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