Omega-3 fatty acids are the talk of the town as they seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. They contain EPA and DHA which are thought to decrease inflammation. Some studies show a positive anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fatty acids with rheumatoid arthritis.Foods that have Omega-3 fatty acids are cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout. Some plant foods are also sources of omega-3 such as walnuts, tofu and flaxseed.
The American College of Rheumatology, says some people with rheumatoid arthritis have improvement in pain when taking marine omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Relief is achieved after taking the supplements for weeks, not straight away. Studies conclude that some people have such decreased symptoms that they take less anti-inflammatory drugs.