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Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Add to Your Diet
Immunity, Lifestyle, Longevity
October 12, 2022
Inflammation is part of your immune system’s reaction to threats. It’s a healthy and normal response to acute conditions. However, chronic inflammation is not. This response causes systemic stress and is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
The standard American diet consists of numerous foods that increase inflammation and fewer of those that reduce it. To support your immune system response, consider including these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet daily.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Fruits
Not all fruits have anti-inflammatory characteristics. However, there are several that are powerful immune-system boosters.
Berries top the list. They contain anthocyanins, potent antioxidants that give berries their notable red, purple and blue coloration. Berries also contain flavonols and tannins. Together, these compounds produce an anti-inflammatory response in the immune system. Some of the most beneficial berries include:
Eating fresh berries provides you with the most significant benefits.
Including tomatoes in your anti-inflammatory foods gives you a good dose of lycopene. This potent nutrient reduces inflammation that can lead to cellular and cardiovascular disease. To increase your body’s absorption of lycopene, eat your tomatoes along with healthy fat.
Both sweet and tart cherries are good for your immune system. This fruit contains the inflammation-reducing compounds catechins and anthocyanins. Research shows that eating cherries also provides additional benefits such as relief from exercise-induced muscle fatigue, decreased blood pressure, reduced arthritis pain, and improved sleep quality (1).
Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Veggies
Including whole veggies, nuts, and legumes in your diet is critical for overall health. Numerous vegetables offer immune system support and contain essential vitamins and minerals.
Dark, Leafy Greens
Dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory. These healthy vegetables contain vitamin K, a vitamin that lowers inflammation. Additionally, consuming dark, leafy greens regularly may reduce C-reactive protein levels, a protein associated with inflammation.
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are all examples of cruciferous vegetables to include in an anti-inflammatory diet. These veggies are rich in antioxidants and contain sulforaphane, a potent anti-inflammatory compound.
Other Types of Anti-Inflammatory Foods
There are several other sources of anti-inflammatory nutrients you can include in your diet:
In addition to the above, one type of meat has anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods Supplements
It can take time to switch to a diet containing high anti-inflammatory foods. When you want to ensure you consume high levels of nutrients that decrease inflammation, taking a high-quality supplement can give you the boost you need. Clinal Effects’ cruelty-free, high-quality turmeric supplement provides a concentrated and potent source of this powerful food. Try a bottle today! (3)
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