Do you have stiff joints, muscle pain, soreness, headaches, or migraines? These are all signs of inflammation in the body. Read on to check out my top 5 anti-inflammatory foods you can add to your diet to help fight inflammation naturally.
Fatty fish are a great source of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Your body metabolizes these fatty acids into compounds called resolvins and protectins, which have anti-inflammatory effects. EPA and DHA reduce inflammation that can lead to metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. In fact, studies have found that people consuming salmon or EPA and DHA supplements experienced reductions in the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP). (Setty et al., 2019)
Although all types of fish contain some omega-3 fatty acids, these fatty fish are among the best sources:
This is an orange-colored spice often used in curries and other Indian dishes. You may have heard of its active compound, curcumin. Thanks to curcumin, Turmeric has been proven to reduce inflammation related to arthritis, diabetes, and other diseases as well (Kocaadam et al., 2017).
These are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like sulforaphane which will fight inflammation naturally by increasing ROS and depleting glutathione (Liang et al., 2018).
You’ve probably heard that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink, and it does a lot of amazing things for you, one of them being lowered inflammation thanks to the compound found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG inhibits inflammation by reducing pro-inflammatory cytokine production and damage to the fatty acids in your cells (Tipoe et al., 2007).
Berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins. These compounds have anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce your risk of disease (and they’re delicious, too!) (Fallah et al., 2019). Berries are great fresh or frozen, and frozen berries are the perfect addition to smoothies.
So there you have it, five easy foods you can start to incorporate into your week. Simply aim for one to two cruciferous vegetables a day, throw some berries in your smoothie, drink green tea every morning and Organifi’s chocolate gold every night, add more fatty fish to your weekly meals, and you’ll be well on your way to reducing inflammation and reversing some of those aches and pains you may have been experiencing!
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