When you think of spicy foods, chances are your first thought isn’t “healthy.” But the truth is, there are many health benefits to be gained from eating foods that pack a flavorful punch. In fact, studies have shown that eating spicy foods can be particularly beneficial for women over 40 who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s no wonder women with RA are at an increased risk of depression. The chronic pain associated with RA can lead to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. The fatigue, joint stiffness, isolation, and sleep problems associated with RA can make you just want to pull the covers over your head and hide out in bed all day — believe me, I know what this feels like. When you’re in this much pain with no relief in sight, it’s easy for depression to get its greedy little paws on you!