Eat this. Don’t eat that. Cut out this. Take that supplement. Try this diet... With all the arthritis/diet information coming at us from all quarters, we couldn’t be blamed for being confused. What actions, then, are correct when it comes to alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis? Is there, for instance, a specific anti-inflammatory diet?

“There are lots of myths surrounding diet and arthritis,” says Richelle Flanagan, a member and former president of the INDI (Irish National Dietetic Institute), “like the common belief that nightshade vegetables (including potatoes, tomatoes and aubergine) will lead to an increase in symptoms, but there is no evidence to support this.