Inflammation And 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation And 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation can be both good and bad.

On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to disease.

Stress, low activity levels, and foods that cause inflammation can make this risk even greater.

However, studies suggest that some foods can help decrease chronic inflammation.

Here are 5 of my top anti- inflammatory foods that you can incorporate in your diet.

  1. Berries-contain antioxidants called anthocyanins. These compounds have anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce your risk of disease.
  2. Fatty fish are a great source of protein and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Some examples include; salmon, herring, mackerel, oysters and sardines.
  3. Avocados-They are packed with magnesium, potassium, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats 
  4. Green Tea-One of the healthiest beverages one can include in their day.  It's packed with heart friendly anti-oxidants and also contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which has a calming effect on the central nervous system(may help mitigate symptoms of agitation and anxiety).  The tea contains a substance called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory and immune boosting capabilities.
  5. Steak- Contrary to several studies linking red meat consumption to higher risks of heart disease, the jury has NOW proven those claims to be false. The change in evidence is driven by the source of the meat consumed. Like I've mentioned in other blogs, garbage in is garbage out.  The quality and the source matters when it comes to including red meat consumption as a marker for cardiovascular disease. Grass-fed beef is better for you as it yields higher nutrient content compared to its commercial counterpart. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid(CLA) that's been tied to improved immunity and has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.

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