A polymyalgia rheumatica diet is a healthy diet combined with exercise and stress-free activities while cutting smoking habits, if any. This diet can include foods with healthy fats, which are essential in reducing symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica. Some examples of healthy dietary fats are monounsaturated fat and Omega-3 fats. Foods that have high monounsaturated fats content olive oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil as well as avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Anti Inflammatory Foods
Eating foods that reduce inflammation, such as those rich in omega-3 fats, as part of the polymyalgia rheumatica diet can also significantly relieve inflammation of joints. Foods containing supporting nutrients that can also be part of the polymyalgia rheumatica diet are Vitamin C rich foods such as peppers, tomatoes, lemons, strawberries, cabbage, broccoli to name a few. Foods with magnesium such as almonds, beans, raisins, green peas, cashew nuts, peanuts are also effective. Vitamin B5 containing foods such as mushrooms, avocados, whole wheat, peas, squash should also be part of this diet.
Examples of these foods are oily fishes such as sardines and salmon, fish oil supplements, walnuts, ground linseeds and linseed oil. Canola oil or grapeseed oil is also rich in omega-3 fats
Foods with omega 6 should also be part of the polymyalgia rheumatica diet. Examples of foods with omega 6 or linolenic acid are corn, pumpkin oils, sesame, safflower, and sunflower.
Food That Trigger Polymyalgia Symptoms
Red meat, full-fat dairy products, and poultry should be avoided. Foods that contain saturated fats (harmful dietary fats) should not be part of a polymyalgia rheumatica diet. Saturated fats should be avoided since this kind of fat increases blood cholesterol levels especially the unhealthy LDL-cholesterol. This kind of cholesterol has been causing increased cartilage damage as well as osteoarthritis. Saturated fats can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.