Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include joint pain and inflammation.
There’s no cure for the condition, which affects about 400,000 people in the UK, but treatment can help to reduce symptoms.
Some foods could ease the joint pain linked to the arthritis, it’s been claimed.
Pomegranate could reduce joint swelling, suppress inflammation and block production of the enzyme that destroys cartilage, according to medical website Healthline.
“Foods that are rich in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants may help neutralise rheumatoid arthritis inflammation and alleviate symptoms,” the website said.
“One of the foods most often recommended for symptom and inflammation reduction is pomegranate.
“Pomegranate is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and it’s rich in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants.”
Eating pomegranate as a natural fruit, in juice, or as an exact supplement, will all help patients to gain the benefits, it said.
Drinking 227g of natural pomegranate juice a day is enough to reduce joint pain, Healthline said.
The most effective juices are the ones without any added sugar. Juice with added sugar should be consumed in moderation.
Patients taking pomegranate extracts should take 10mg a day to ease symptoms.
Some people have been known to take up to 250mg a day of extract, said the website.
Patients should speak to a doctor before starting a new arthritis diet plan.
Other fruits that could reduce inflammation, and also protect against bone destruction, are peaches, grapes, mango, blueberries and prunes.
Wheat, rice, oats and corn could also help to reduce inflammation, according to Indian researchers.
Painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs both help to ease pain in patients.