Inflammation is a symptom that often creeps up – from sore throats to injured joints, it has a tendency to frequently rear its ugly head. In fact, inflammation is directly responsible for numerous ailments.
However, this nasty scourge can be combatted by simply eating the right foods. We previously ran a highly informative piece on ten energising foods you should be eating, now check out this list of great inflammation fighting foods…
Studies have indicated that including a significant portion of nuts (especially almonds and walnuts) in your diet reduces inflammation. The amino-acid arginine may be responsible for the anti-inflammation.
Cocoa has been said to also reduce the risk of heart disease. It is rich in flavanols which reduce inflammation and blood clotting.
This spice is widely prevalent in Indian cooking. It contains a very powerful non-toxic compound called curcumin which has the same anti-inflammatory ability as many prescribed drugs, however it lacks the side effects.
Sweet Potato is often overshadowed by the high use of regular potatoes, but the long and short of it is, sweet potato is actually a lot more nutritious than its less than sweet cousin. It has a potent source of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative flavonoids.
Papaya is not only a great tasting fruit it is also effective when it comes to reducing inflammation. This is a result of its naturally occurring papain (a protein-digesting enzyme), and other vitamins.
Green tea has a surplus of flavonoids that are natural anti-inflammatory compounds. They also reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Broccoli is one of the most nutritiously dense vegetables. Apart from its anti-inflammatory flavonoids, it contains vitamin C as well as the B vitamin known as folate.
While garlic has been known to be associated with less than desirable breath, at the same time it has a considerable amount of healing properties, therefore it is great for flus and colds. It also contains a great deal of anti-inflammatory properties.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids that are found in flax seeds, promote the growth of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are responsible for promoting an anti-inflammatory response.
Opt for healthier cooking oils, like avocado and olive oil, as they contain oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty that can significantly reduce inflammation.
Incorporate these foods into your diet because your health should always come first. Apart from reducing inflammation, you will be surprised about the positive effect that it could have on your health and well-being in general.
Which of these foods do you regularly eat? Do you always treat inflammation with prescribed drugs?