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2. Olive Oil
Olive oil has an impressive secret – it can work as well as popular NSAIDs like ibuprofen for arthritis pain. The power lies in a naturally-occurring compound called oleocanthal, which prevents the production of two notable inflammatory enzymes called COX-1 and COX-2.
Studies show that lower levels of these enzymes points to lower levels of pain and inflammation, especially in RA patients. However, not all olive oils are created equal; be sure to use the extra virgin variety from Tuscany (or a region that uses the same kind of olives), which has more of the healthy compounds that your body needs to reduce the pain and swelling.
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