Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While there is no definitive evidence from randomized trials, laboratory and animal studies have found that vitamin E can help treat osteoarthritis by stimulating the growth of cartilage cells and has anti-inflammatory properties. Foods rich in vitamin E include canola oil, olive oil, margarine, almonds, peanuts, meats, dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified cereals. Vitamin E is also available as an oral supplement in capsules or drops.
Cumulative incidence rates of defined rheumatoid arthritis and seropositive rheumatoid arthritis can be improved by taking vitamin E supplements. To get enough vitamin E to prevent arthritis, it is important to include foods rich in vitamin E in your diet and consider taking a supplement if needed.