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Ease arthritis pain with three research-backed solutions.

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Ease arthritis pain with three research-backed solutions.

An arthritis-themed nursery rhyme (why not?) might go something like this: “Pain, pain, go away…but please don’t come again another day.” If you’re looking for a more effective strategy for osteoarthritis, consider three approaches recommended in a new analysis of research. Looking at 68 studies, researchers concluded that fish oil, at a daily dose of one gram, can ease arthritis pain. Look for DHA as all fish oil is not created equal. If you have arthritis, talk with your doctor about whether taking a fish oil supplement or incorporating more omega-3-rich fish like salmon into your diet makes sense for you. Take a look at your overall diet, too. Vitamin-K-rich foods like kale, spinach, and parsley may benefit those with arthritis, too. Include these powerhouse greens as part of an anti-inflammatory, Mediterranean-style diet, rich in colorful plant foods, legumes, whole grains, fish, and olive oil and low in saturated fat, sugar, and processed foods. Shifting to such a diet from a typical Western diet (think burgers, fries, pizza, and soda) may also help you shed pounds if you’re overweight or obese, which can ease pain by reducing the strain on your joints and lowering inflammation. Your joints won’t be the only beneficiaries of a Mediterranean menu: Your heart, brain, and taste buds will too!