What are the best anti-inflammatory foods?

27 June 2019

Food

Do you want to lower inflammation in your body and wonder what foods are anti-inflammatory? Stress, diet, inadequate physical activity, environmental triggers and more can all cause inflammation. To calm your system and responses, fresh clean food has been shown to be critical, and prioritized even before supplements or items in the medical world.

So let’s go on to learn what the best anti-inflammatory foods are so that you can best support your body. But first...

What are anti-inflammatory foods?

Foods with anti-inflammatory properties can lower inflammatory markers and be more effective than other foods that follow a specific diet. The general concept is that they help us reduce or avoid our chances of having ill health as they properly support our body.

Inflammation can slowly build over time because each time your immune system is trigged by something in your body, your inflammation levels can increase. So it is important to do your best to keep your inflammation levels down because even at low levels, it can lead to disease over time. Now let’s go on to learn how you can be proactive, by incorporating specific and good anti-inflammatory foods into your diet:

Top anti-inflammatory foods

Berries

Berries are packed with antioxidants, boost immunity and are high in vitamin and mineral content.

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Green tea

Considering all the benefits of great tea, if you are a morning coffee drinker, try to switch over to a green tea instead or as a replacement for additional coups. It is worth trying for even just a couple mornings! Matcha green tea has also been a health trend lately, as it is packed with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and reduces your risk of health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

Leafy greens

Leafy greens are recommended for every style of healthy eating, and for good reason! Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are rich in vitamin-K and significantly help fight inflammation. You can use them to bulk up meals or even wilt/steam them down with delicious spices.

Turmeric

When it comes to lowering inflammation, turmeric is one of the most talked about food sources. It contains an anti-inflammatory nutrient called curcumin. When combined with black pepper, it essentially ‘activates’ the nutrient. This combination can especially benefit those with metabolic syndrome.

You can find turmeric root at the grocery store (it looks like ginger root, but smaller!), dry ground turmeric, or even find curcumin supplements. One idea is if you make eggs for breakfast. Sprinkle some dry ground turmeric on top with a pinch of black pepper.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Healthy fats in the right quantities can make a significant difference in your health. Extra virgin olive oil specifically is rich in monounsaturated fats, which can help to reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood. It has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as with cell maintenance.

Other anti-inflammatory foods include: tomatoes, nuts, and fatty fish.

So fill up your plate with these anti-inflammatory foods and incorporate as often as you can, especially the leafy greens, and your body will only benefit. It is also recommended to speak with your doctor regarding any food sensitivities or allergies you may have to avoid reactions and resulting inflammation.

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