The term arthritis actually encompasses more than 100 related ailments that affect your joints and it doesn't just affect older people. More than 50 million American adults and 300,000 kids in the United States have at least one type of arthritis, such as inflammatory arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis), infectious arthritis (like hepatitis C), degenerative arthritis (such as osteoarthritis), or metabolic arthritis (such as gout). But there is some good news in that a healthy arthritis diet foods for all of these conditions to help ease inflammation and relieve some joint pain associated with arthritis. Broccoli may seem like an odd hero for arthritis pain relief but scientist believe the sulforaphane broccoli contains (the part of the veggie that makes it smell a bit when you cook it), might slow he onset and progression of osteoarthritis symptoms. Cherries contain anthocyanins (a flavonoid that lends a red or purple tint to plant foods) and other antioxidants that may improve blood flow and potentially reduce pain. Turmeric mixed with curcumin, fat and black pepper, you’ll likely notice less inflammatory arthritic pain. According to the Arthritis Foundation, eating a 3- to 4-ounce serving of salmon, herring, sardines, anchovies or mackerel, which contain high levels of omega-3 fats, may improve your arthritis symptoms. On the flip side, reducing your omega-6 fat intake, which are found in sunflower, safflower, corn, soybean, and grapeseed oils are known to increase blood pressure, trigger the immune response, and exacerbate inflammation. Also avoid refined carbs, sugar-sweetened beverages and processed meats, which can all lead to imbalance of your gut bacteria and trigger stress hormones and increase inflammation.