Top Ten Foods for Reducing Inflammation

Top Ten Foods for Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation can be dangerous to the cells of the body. Inflammation is a term used when the cells of the body do not function correctly — their chemistry is “off”. It does not mean that you have a red or swollen area. So you can have inflammation without having pain. When the inflammation gets bad enough, a body part will fail. Irritable bowel syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, diabetes, and heart disease are all thought to be inflammatory problems.

Foods can increase or decrease your level of inflammation. Foods that increase inflammation include milk and milk products, sugar, grains, and soy.

Here are the top ten foods that can help reduce your body’s inflammation.

1. Cherries: Both sweet and tart cherries lower C-reactive protein, a blood indicator of inflammation.

2. Salmon: Oily fish contain omega-3 fats that boost production of anti-inflammatory compounds. Eat fish several times a week.

3. Broccoli: The phytochemicals in broccoli help reduce inflammatory chemicals associated with cancer development.

4. Shitake, oyster, and enoki mushrooms: These should be eaten raw or lightly cooked for the most benefit.

5. Extra-virgin olive oil: I have used this successfully with arthritic patients to reduce their pain. Start with a teaspoon daily.

6. Avocado: Yippee, this is good for you! Monounsaturated fats and antioxidants counteract some pro-inflammatory foods.

7. Turmeric or Curcumin: Add these savory spices to your cooking.

8. Tomatoes: The lycopene in tomatoes can reduce inflammation.

9. Spinach: Contains antioxidants that boost the immune system and suppress inflammation.

10. Berries: Free radicals are eaten up by beautiful berries. If you choose to eat strawberries, only buy organic!

Set the goal of adding five of these anti-inflammatory wonders to your diet per day. You’ll be glad you did!

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