Let’s set one thing straight first: No one pill is going to cure your rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But research suggests some dietary supplements can improve your overall health and can be one part of your Master Plan for dealing with the disease. In fact, when it comes to controlling RA symptoms, a holistic approach is your best bet, says Weijia Yuan, M.D., a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
That means eating clean, exercising, practicing stress management, and for some patients, taking dietary supplements. While most supplements don’t have enough data to support definitive claims about their benefits (and hello, they are not regulated by the FDA), some patients find them helpful, says Dr. Yuan. Before you start pill-popping, talk to your doctor. They should check for any Rx interactions and provide the right dosage. You knew we were going to say that, right?