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In recent times, there has been a lot of attention on the Paleo style of eating, and its possible benefits for those with chronic pain – like arthritis. The Paleo diet is considered healthy as it works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic!

Also referred to as the caveman diet, the Paleolithic diet is based on the ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species consumed during the Paleolithic area (a period of about 2.5 million years that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture).

About the Paleo diet

Unlike most diets, the Paleo diet does not involve controlling portions or counting calories. Like most diets, however, it does provide a list of foods you can eat (lean meats, eggs, fish, produce, nuts, and seeds), foods you may consume in moderation (certain oils, and coffee or tea), and foods to avoid.

Forbidden foods on the Paleo diet include dairy products (yogurt, cheese, milk, and ice cream), grains (wheat, rice, barely, corn, and rye), legumes (beans, peas, and peanuts), starchy vegetables (potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes), processed foods (this includes processed meats such as bacon and sausage), and candy.

Can the protein-heavy Paleo diet really help patients suffering from arthritis?

While researchers are on the fence, there is some evidence the Paleo diet works. Doctors and researchers cannot say for sure that it eases pain from arthritis mainly because there have been no randomized human trials.

The reason the Paleo diet may be beneficial is because it’s an anti-inflammatory diet which has been shown to ease pain from arthritis in some people. The Paleo diet encourages fish consumption, and the types of fish patients are encouraged to eat—salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines—are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (as are walnuts, another pro-Paleo food). Studies have shown that omega-3 fish oils tend to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, which includes joint pain and stiffness. Unfortunately, their effect on osteoarthritis isn’t clear. Another benefit is grass-fed meat, which is also higher in anti-inflammatory essential fats.

Good sources of antioxidants such as fruits and non-starchy vegetables, which have been shown to be important anti-inflammatories, are encouraged in the Paleo diet. Refined sugars and grains, saturated and trans fats, salt, processed foods, and high-glycemic carbohydrates which can also cause weight gain and other health problems are discouraged.

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