Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Six Foods That Help Fight Inflammation

Persistent inflammation has been linked to major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even cancer. Refined carbohydrates, sweetened beverages, and red meat are some common culprits that contribute to inflammation and should be limited in one’s diet as much as possible but did you know that there are foods that have anti-inflammatory effects as well? Here are 6 foods to add to your diet to combat inflammation.

The lycopene found in tomato skin is an antioxidant that protects your brain and fights depression-causing inflammation. Even if you’re not a fan of raw tomatoes, you can still get all the benefits from processed versions. Raw or saucy, you win!

Olive Oil
On top of the weight loss benefits and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, olive oil has a significant impact on reducing inflammation. It helps to reduce joint cartilage damage and works similarly to ibuprofen by preventing the production of inflammatory enzymes.

Green Leafy Vegetables
Greens that are rich in vitamins like spinach, brussel sprouts and kale are also packed with carotenoids, all of which help the body combat inflammation. Additionally, many of these veggies help boost metabolism, provide antioxidants, and significantly decrease the risk of cancer and chronic diseases.

On top of the antioxidants and vitamins, nuts contain ALA which are anti-inflammatory omega-3s. Walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts are the best sources of ALA, antioxidants, and oleic acid which helps to boost your immune system.

Fatty Fish
Fatty fish is full of anti-inflammatory omega-3s. Wild salmon, in particular, gives you the fatty acids EPA and DHA which combat excess inflammation by enhancing your muscles' ability to use carbs for energy, burn fat, and boosts your metabolism. 

Anthocyanin is what make blueberries so effective at reducing inflammation by turning off immune and inflammatory genes. These tasty, antioxidant- filled snacks are also rich in vitamin C which provide and anti-inflammatory response by decreasing free radicals.

In sum, there are a variety of healthy, anti-inflammatory foods that you can incorporate into your diet. Stay tuned for an extended list and more helpful information on how you can fight inflammation by following us on Facebook!

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