Inflammatory arthritis is a term used to describe a group of conditions which affect your immune system. This means that your body’s defence system starts attacking your own tissues instead of germs, viruses and other foreign substances, which can cause pain, stiffness and joint damage. They’re also known as autoimmune diseases. The most common form of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis
These conditions are also called systemic diseases because they can affect your whole body. They can happen at any age.
Inflammatory arthritis isn’t the same as osteoarthritis, which happens when the cartilage in your joint wears away.
While there is no specific “diet” that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), should follow, researchers have identified certain foods that can help control inflammation. Many of them are found in the so-called Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fish, vegetables and olive oil, among other staples.