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The role of diet in susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review.

Low rheumatoid arthritis risk is associated with high intake of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish oil, and beta-cryptoxanthin.

This research work was carried out to determine the role diet play in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers reviewed data and evidences extracted from 14 published literatures on the subject.

Researchers found out that high intake of diets rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beta-cryptoxanthin, and fatty fish reduced the likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Elevated rheumatoid arthritis risk was observed in subjects with low serum anti-oxidant levels in this study. The findings of this review suggest that increased consumption of diets high in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beta-cryptoxanthin, and oil from fish sources may cut down rheumatoid arthritis development risk.

Note: This is one of those studies that we wish could have separaed out the olive oil and fatty fish to determine how much of the benefit was from the fruits and vegetables. 

Research Summary Information

  • 2004
  • Pattison DJ, Harrison RA, Symmons DP.
  • ARC Epidemiology Unit, Stopford Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, United Kingdom.
  • No, Free full text of study was not found.
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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