Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Lemon used internally, has an anti-inflammatory action. It also helps cleanse the body by promoting perspiration and acting as a diuretic. At the same time, lemon stimulates the appetite, aids digestion, strengthens the body’s defences and triggers release of bile.

Ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects and an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds.  It stimulates digestion, aids absorption of nutrients, eases stomach cramping, reduces inflammation in joints, clears sinuses and reduces flatulence.

Salmon is an excellent source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two potent omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. The benefits of omega-3 have been backed by numerous studies and they range from preventing heart disease and some cancers to reducing symptoms of autoimmune diseases and psychological disorders.  Wild salmon from clean waters is best.

Broccoli is a highly nutritious vegetable that contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients such as sulforaphane that has been shown to block an enzyme that causes cartilage damage, and also helps the body to get rid of potentially carcinogenic (cancer causing) compounds.  Also has a  powerful antioxidant effect helping to reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the body.

Turmeric contains a powerful compound called curcumin. Studies have found that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects are comparable to potent drugs such as hydrocortisone and Motrin, yet having none of their side effects.

 Chilli has a high concentration of capsaicin that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, alleviating the pain and swelling of sore joints while also facilitating increased blood flow.

Black Pepper‘s active ingredient is Piperine, found to inhibit the body’s inflammatory chemicals.  It also increases the bioavailability of nutrients from food and has antioxidant properties.

 

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