8 RA-Friendly Salt Substitutes

Too much sodium can worsen inflammation in those with RA. So shake your salt habit by trying one of these tasty and beneficial alternatives!

Lynn Langway

When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it’s important to limit your salt intake. That’s because salt can cause inflammation or hypertension. And there’s a rich world of flavorful seasonings to explore that won’t boost your blood pressure or otherwise damage your health. Print and post our chart on your fridge and get cooking!


What it is: An herb with a robust flavor and aroma

Add to: Fish, lean meat, stews, salads, soups and sauces

Possible health benefits:

  • Contains magnesium, which helps improve blood flow
  • Decreases inflammation, helping ease RA symptoms and prevent chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease


What it is: A fragrant spice with a sweet, warm taste

Add to: Fruits, salads, breads and other baked goods

Possible health benefits:

  • Controls blood sugar
  • May help prevent heart disease
  • Reduces inflammation


What it is: A flavorful and aromatic bulb that’s best enjoyed fresh

Add to: Lean meat, fish, soups, salads, vegetables and potatoes

Possible health benefits:

  • Helps lower blood pressure and total cholesterol
  • Rich in the mineral selenium, it may help prevent heart disease and cancer


What it is: A thick, knotted, beige root available whole, freshly ground or in powdered form

Add to: Poultry, baked goods, teas and fruits

Possible health benefits:


What it is: More than a garnish, this nutritious herb has a vibrant taste

Add to: Lean meat, fish, soups, salads, sauces and vegetables

Possible health benefits:

  • An excellent source of vitamin C, which reduces inflammation, and vitamin A
  • Both vitamins may help reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes
  • May help prevent heart disease


What it is: An aromatic herb with evergreen-like, needle-shaped leaves

Add to: Lean meat, poultry, fish, sauces, stuffing and potatoes

Possible health benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Increases circulation, thereby helping to improve concentration
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Decreases inflammation


What it is: An herb with grayish green leaves that have a delicate, savory flavor

Add to: Lean meat, stews, fish, biscuits and vegetables

Possible health benefits:

  • May help enhance memory
  • Reduces inflammation


What it is: A golden spice that contains curcumin, which is often used to make curry

Add to: Lean meat, fish, sauces and rice

Possible health benefits:

  • Decreases inflammation
  • Contains antioxidants, which may help prevent cancer
  • Lowers total cholesterol
May 2013