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Doctors: Diet can ease arthritis pain

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ATLANTA (CNN) - Most anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will tell you they will do  just about anything to relieve the pain.

One way to relieve the pain is through what you eat.

Although there is no specific diet to treat rheumatoid arthritis there are foods known to reduce inflammation which doctors say may help.

First go with at least three to four ounces of fish twice a week. Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which fight some of the proteins in your body that cause inflammation.

Beans are loaded with fiber, which helps reduce a protein in the body that can cause inflammation. Beans also help build muscle which helps support the joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

Fruits and vegetables are great sources of anti-oxidants which can also reduce inflammation.

Refined sugar found in doughnuts, cookies, candy, brownies, and ice cream is really not good for you.

Chronic inflammation can interfere with the body's ability to break down sugars and can lead to weight gain

Weight gain which puts pressure on the joints  can lead to other health issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Last, Some medications used to treat RA can cause you to retain water so try to limit your salt intake, too.

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