A June 2013 paper published in the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter quotes Tufts University researcher Miriam Nelson to claim that diet can play an important role in combating arthritis symptoms and side effects.

Titled Eating Right for Healthy Joints the six-page published paper presents arguments in favor of diet changes for healthier joints and bones. This is not the first study to suggest a healthy diet is an efficient way to keep joints and bones healthy; especially in individuals diagnosed with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis and inflammation of joints), and osteoporosis (weakening of bones).

Back in 2009 The New York Times reported a meta-study combining results of 15 smaller studies. Involving more than 800 patients, the study found that a diet rich in fruits, gains, fish, vegetables, and olive oil reduced joint pain by 15 percent. The researchers involved in the study also discovered that a few foods, such as tomatoes, potatoes and other foods rich in alkaloids, can worsen inflammation and increase pain.

These and a number of other investigations have been carried out in the past few years have suggested a palpable link between healthy diet and strong bones and flexible joints.

Even though the function of the mechanism linking diet to joints and bones has still not been figured out, a few hypotheses, albeit of a more mundane nature, have been put forward. Our joints bear between two and three times our body weight when we walk. While descending down the stairs, this weight can be anywhere between six and seven times. Weak joints cannot bear this pressure. A way to prevent them from squealing in pain is to reduce weight.

A two-point reduction in BMI (body mass index) can reduce joint pains by as much as 50 percent and contribute to their immediate health. An efficient method to reduce pains and improve health is to invest in a health dieting schedule.

Healthy diets do not have to consist of limiting yourself to an absurd minimum or food, not does it require that you being to ingest exotic Oriental or Polynesian foods. A diet rich in lean meats, milk, cheese, fish, soy, nuts, vitamin K and calcium supplements, and vegetables provides adequate about of nutrients to the body.