Does anyone have any information or links to reliable online resources regarding arthritis and diet? Any personal experiences would be great too. I have heard several people claim that certain types of foods are good or bad for arthritis. Some of these claims come from unreliable sources (aka people who don't have arthritis). I've heard some people claim tomatoes are great for arthritis and I've heard the exact opposite before too. My aunt from California claims to have finally and completely fixed her arthritis that she had for years and years strictly by changing her diet and was able to come off all medications completely (we will actually be visiting in just a few weeks - I will report back here with what she told me).
My personal experience with diet and arthritis seems very backward when thought about logically. I had had various aches, pains and swelling for years, but my arthritis became it's most severe ever only a few months after I completely changed my entire diet for the better. My entire food life up to that point had been filled with whatever the heck I felt like eating. The major changes were that I had suddenly and completely cut out ice cream, sodas, fast food, fried food, fatty food and excessively sugary food, and any food that had anything artificial at all even in trace amounts, including any food that had "natural flavor" (which is in reality artificial in most cases). I replaced my nearly entire diet with fresh fruits and vegetables and was actually briefly meat-free until I found a local slaughterhouse that grew antibiotic-free, grass-fed cows and such. about five months after the dietary switch and being down 30 pounds and absolutely filled with energy, I was mule-kicked in the arse with racking, unbearable arthritis pain almost everywhere.
While I did calm down on my avoidance of food additives, my diet stayed pretty healthy for a long time. Fatty and fried foods slowly found their way back in though, but about two months ago I cleaned up my diet once again. I eat very very clean now and make a wide variety of different types of meals. I feel "better" now (although I attribute this mostly to the increase in physical activity and exercise) but my arthritis symptoms seem very very unchanged as of this time (i.e., the symptoms are still very there).