Vitamins For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Vitamins For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Changing your diet is a major thing that will affect your Rheumatoid Arthritis but adding vitamins in to your diet can also be very important. So what are the best vitamin supplements for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

When I made my diet change I removed a lot of highly inflammatory foods. At the same time as when I removed all these foods I started adding in different vitamins on a daily basis. The vitamins will assist your body in fighting the Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Vitamin C For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Vitamin C fights inflammation hence the fact that it is very beneficial for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Vitamin C helps your body with collagen production which is the main protein in both joints and bones. Vitamin C aids your immune system and some say that an infection within your body might even cause flare-ups with your Rheumatoid Arthritis, which makes it even more beneficial to include in your diet.

You can find Vitamin C in a variety of fruits and vegetables such as;



Sweet Potatoe



Citrus Fruits



Tropical Fruits

Just remember that fruit contains sugar and with Rheumtoid Arthritis you do not want to eat too much sugar as this might have a negative effect your symptoms. I always purchase a supplement.

Vitamin B12 For Rheumatoid Arthritis

The reason I recommend eating extra Vitamin B and in particular Vitamin B12 is because it lowers an amino acid that is found to be significantly increased for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Homocysteine is the name of this acid and vitamin B12 reduces this amino acid. If you are on any form of treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis such as Methotrexate you should know that this type of medication interferes with your bodies ability to absorb B12 so you might need to increase your intake.

When eating Vitamin B12 you might also feel an increased level of energy, people who have low levels of B12 do get exhausted and more often tired than people with balanced levels.

Vitamin B12 can be found in




Nutritional Yeast

Non Dairy Milk




As I try to stay away from as much meat and dairy as possible I prefer to take a B Vitamin Supplement, I always make sure that the supplement contains B12 as some B vitamin supplements do seem to leave this one out of the mix.

Glucosamine For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Glucosamine is a something that is very necessary for cartilage, It can reduce and treat inflammation contributed by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Glucosamine contains an enzyme that fights the destruction of your cartilage, which is common for this kind of illness. The supplement is made by shellfish, so if you have any kind of allergy regarding shellfish than I would recommend you to not eat this supplement.

Unfortunately Glucosamine is not found naturally in a lot of regular foods, unless you want to eat the actual shell of certain crustaceans.

The easiest way to get Glucosamine is actually through supplements.

Omega 3 For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Another very popular supplement to take when having Rheumatoid Arthritis is Omega 3 and other omega fatty acids.

One thing to know is that Omega 3 might help with the pain but does not necessarily help with the damage caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis. The way that Omega 3 works is that it slows down your over active immune system, which is the basics of Rheumatoid Arthritis. So by slowing it down it actually decreases the start of inflammations.

Omega 3´s is something that can be found in a variety of foods, naturally.

It is found in foods such as;



Chia seed


I also prefer eating this as a supplement but I do try to eat a lot of foods that are high in Omega 3 as well.


Having a balanced diet is very important but sometimes you will need a little extra to get you a long, this I would say is the case for anyone who has Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have added all these into my diet and I take them daily, this is something that has helped me a lot both with my pain and my overall symptoms from R.A. It might not cure you but it is a natural way to treat rheumatoid arthritis. I would recommend anyone to try this in combination with eating highly anti-inflammatory foods and also avoiding highly inflammatory foods. You will notice a difference.

I hope you enjoyed the reading, please leave a question or comment and I will get back to you.

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  1. You have given us quite a bit of food for thought here! I for one, am a huge fan of using the correct foods to feed our vitamin and mineral intake.  So having these foods to give us the Omega Oils, the Vitamin B12, Glucosamine and Vitamin C is a perfect way to avoid having to buy each of these supplements at the chemist.
    Some of my favourite foods include broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, salmon, eggs, and a mix of nuts.  These will definitely help to keep away the arthritis.
    Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.

    1. Thank you so much for reading. I agree, everything our bodies need we can get from food, it is all about choosing the right foods. 

  2. I absolutely love this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me.Eating of balance diet is very essential for healthy living. You have nailed the prevention for rheumatoid arthritis which includes food highly rich in vitamin C, also B12 supplement can also be of assistance. I will bookmark this post and share with loved ones who happens to be involved in. Best regards 

    1. Thank you so much for reading. Yes, balanced meal is very important and also knowing that you can eat and be healthy on an anti inflammatory diet. 

  3. Thanks for writing this article on vitamins for rheumatoid arthritis.i must commend for a job well done for taking your time to do your findings on each and everyone of this food to find some of the best source of essential vitamins for rheumatoid arthritis.i really find this article informative regarding this aspect 

    1. Thank you very much for reading and thank you for your comment.

  4. First of all I gotta say I love your opening image of salmon, such a healthy food.  I also love how you point out that vitamin C comes from more than just oranges as a lot of people think, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are also good natural sources for Vitamin C.  Sugar is very bad for inflammation, I have written an article on that one myself.

    I find it funny how the very medicine they treat you with actually hinders an essential vitamin from being absorbed properly in the body…organ meats and beef also provide us with vitamin B12, but like you said not everyone likes to eat meat and we all live busy lives so a supplement might be a great idea to make sure you’re getting this essential vitamin.

    This is a very well informed article and I enjoyed reading it, what exercises might someone do to help with rheumatoid arthritis?

    1. Hi Amanda, Thank you so much for your comment. I agree with what you are saying, we usually only think that citrus fruits carry vitamin C but we are actually able to find it in a lot of other vegetables and fruits. 

      Sugar is a killer for inflammation, no matter what shape or form it comes it.

      It is funny that you mention exercises, as I am about to sit down and write and article on that as we speak. 

  5. Hello Alexandra,

    I know a couple of older relatives who are dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s really a lot of stress for them, and I wish I could get them out with a solution. I would inform them to add more of the foods you’ve mentioned to their diet, and hopefully they will be able to get some peace of mind.

    1. It can be very hard to change diets so perhaps start them of gently and try to remove some of the high anti inflammatory foods to see how they are going with that. I would definitely recommend vitamins tho.

  6. For a long time I have been battling with different ailment and of course, every episode ended with me getting yet another round of drugs when it wouldn’t just go away with the normal medications. Not knowing that I had something that could help me circumvent the hospital visits. 

    Rheumatoid Arthritis has  been my saving grace for 2years now. I can attest to the fact that it works perfectly and I can recommend to anyone. Thanks for the eye opener

  7. My mother now suffers from terrible Rheumatoid Arthritis pain and it only seems to be getting worse. What’s strange is that she’s gone through numerous articles online to find out the right kinds of foods etc to handle the condition, but she’s never once mentioned vitamin C. 

    I’ll certainly have to let her know about this article.

    I’m wondering what quantity of Vitamin C to take to really see any sort of effect. Would simple supplements do the job?

    1. Hi Chris, I would advice you to help your mother take a closer look at what she is eating as food does contribute to the pains and the inflammation. There are ways to help your body fight the inflammation by avoiding high inflammatory foods. 

      I have always taken a high dosage of the vitamins. I start low and then I usually increase to a level where my body feels good. A lot of this is individual but I would say that we, who have rheumatoid arthritis might need to take a little bit more vitamins than the average person, due to our already low immune defense. 

  8. Vitamins can contribute to overall health and wellness and it’s benefits in relieving rheumatoid arthritis is unquestionable. 

    I thought all naturally obtained sugars like those found in fruits are harmless. I have been taught  that nothing about fruits have side effects. 

    Although I took it as a surprise that vitamins be taken in place of fruits, because of the presence of sugars in fruits, I’d still take that suggestion into account. 

    1. The sugar you get from fruit is not as bad but it will still affect your blood sugar levels, and when you have rheumatoid arthritis this is not necessarily a good thing.

  9. Thanks for sharing this article on vitamins for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I must commend your time and effort in uploading this post. It is really helpful and informative. Many people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis don’t have access to an article like this that is really informative. I have learnt alot from your post on how important vitamin C, B12, and Glucosamine are to getting rid of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Best regards. 

    1. Thank you so much for reading. I hope this article will be helpful.

  10. This is a great article about Rheumatoid Arthritis. Though I don’t really know about this Arthritis,but I see that you have an incredible and important information on ways to manage it and and still been healthy. But what don’t really is the symptoms and the cause of rheumatoid Arthritis. Thanks for the post. It will go a long way in helping humanity 

    1. Thank you for your comment.

  11. After my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis in 2009. I was put on Naprosyn and after some time i didn’t feel any different, so i started on a Natural RA Formula treatment protocol from RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om), the treatment effectively treated my Rheumatoid Arthritis condition. The swellings, stiffness, fatigue and joint/muscle/body pains has subsided, I feel better overall than i have felt in years. Its almost like a miracle!

  12. Do you have any information about Rheumatoid Arthritis being caused by leaky gut syndrome?

    1. Hi Mari,
      I do believe this is very possible. I can only speak for myself now but I have had a lot of issues with my gut for many years now, I have never heard of this connection between the two but I would can definitely see that there is a possibility for there to be a correlation between the two, what we eat would then affect our gut, so lets say, we eat something that has been known to trigger a flare up, in my case, sugar, perhaps the reaction to the flare up isn’t the sugar per say but the way that the sugar reacts to the gut bacteria which then leads to a reaction causing inflammation.

      I will do some more research on this subject and I will post an article on it in the near future as this really interests me.
      Thank you for your comment.

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