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Foods that reduce inflammation

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Inflammation is natural, however when it goes overboard your body fails to combat the infection and you get the disease which could be diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary disease, obesity, inflammation of colon, cancer, etc. Your body’s ability to fight inflammation is to a large extent dependent on your diet. In fact, some foods also have the ability to reduce inflammation.  Explore them below:

Green tea

Green tea is herbal antidote to almost all types of inflammation. Being rich in tannins, chlorophyll, flavonoids and several other antioxidants, green tea helps to reduce inflammatory symptoms. For example, if you have inflammation in your gums then you can simply take compress with a pre soaked green tea bag. It works!

We strongly recommend you to have two cuppas of green tea daily.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts are storehouse of the anti inflammatory compound- omega 3 fatty acids which play a vital role in protecting you from inflammatory heart disease, cancer and brain complications like Alzheimer’s disease. So make sure you are eating a handful of walnuts, peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, etc. A word of caution- this remedy won’t work if you have nut allergy. But you have other choice below:

Flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, caraway seeds, and pumpkin seeds are also excellent for you.  

Fatty fish

Fatty fish like sardines and salmon are blessed with anti-inflammatory properties once again due high amounts of omega-3-fatty acids.  Furthermore, they also contain vitamin E which is also anti-inflammatory. So make sure you are having at least 3 servings of fish in a week.

Christopher P. Cannon, M.D., a professor at Harvard Medical School, “If you eat one healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids every day, you’ll be doing good things for inflammation.”

Herbs

Herbs are reservoirs of plant compounds and natural oils which have excellent anti inflammatory properties. You can prepare herbal sauces and marinades at home by combines the most beneficial herbs that essentially include rosemary, parsley, oregano, thyme, basil and bay. The other way around, you can blend them in salad, soups or simply add them as taste enhancers while cooking. Herbs are immensely useful in lowering risk of inflammatory diseases of the colon, stomach, heart and also diabetes.

Ginger, garlic, turmeric

You cannot afford to miss out ginger and garlic from your anti-inflammatory diet! They contain organic suphur compounds which have the potential to protect, reduce and fight off inflammation.  The best thing is- we all love to cook food with ginger and garlic and hence, it’s simple to consume. With these two ingredients you can save yourself from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lung inflammation and many more.

And not to miss out, the key ingredient of Asian cooking- turmeric also has similar properties.

Fibre rich foods  

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Fibres have the potential to reduce inflammatory C reactive protein, stabilize blood glucose and cholesterol levels, improve metabolism and protect your blood vessels against inflammation. So you can’t afford to chuck fibres from your diet!

Make healthy choices here- opt for whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat, bran, etc. and their products instead of refined versions.

You can also put a check on inflammatory by increasing your intake of leafy greens, essentially broccoli, kale, spinach, celery, etc and fibrous fruits like oranges, grapefruits, apples, blueberries, etc.

Your choices are explained here and of course they are not “boring foods” which is often a synonym for “healthy foods”. Remember your body responds to what you eat! Good luck!

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: June 08, 2015