Five Foods That Fight Inflammation

We should all do everything we can to combat inflammation.

As you may or may not know, inflammation is the body’s response to injury and infection. Technically inflammation is a good thing because it is part of the natural process of healing. That being said, it can also happen as a result of your diet, sleeping schedule, cortisol levels, and overall lifestyle.

Chronic inflammation can lead to all kinds of illnesses like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

We should do everything we can to fight inflammation naturally, through our diet. Luckily, here are five foods to help you do just that.

Turmeric- Turmeric spices help protect your brain health, and fight certain disease like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. The active ingredient is called curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Dark Chocolate- Dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavanols, which protect blood vessels from heart disease and oxidation. The more bitter the dark chocolate, the better, just FYI.

Ginger- Ginger contains 6-shogaol and 6-gingerol, compounds that help reduce obesity-induced inflammation, arthritis, and cognitive decline. 6-shogaol (whole ginger extract) also reduces chronic lung inflammation.

Passion Fruit- Passion fruit contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties such as piceatannol and triterpenoids, which help to lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon helps to reduce cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. It can also help reduce inflammation and improve insulin resistance.

The moral of the story is, adding these ingredients to your diet may help reduce inflammation and support your overall health. Which is good news, because most of them are pretty delicious!

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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