Diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and asthma are all lifestyle diseases whose underlying cause is inflammation. Research has shown that an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce your dependency on medicines to fight these diseases. Your fridge and the local farmers market are your best friends when it comes to fighting inflammation. Employ these anti-inflammatory foods for relief.
- Leafy greens
Rich in protein, vital vitamins and minerals, leafy greens also are storehouses of anti-oxidants that fight inflammation like nothing else. Make these a part of your regular diet as juices, smoothies, and meals for maximum benefits.
Just like the leafy greens, tomatoes top the list of foods that fight inflammation. Versatile as an ingredient they can be made part of salads, in dips, salsas or just eaten raw.
- Fatty fish
Fishes like Mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna are rich sources of beneficial fatty acids and omega-3, both of which are powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients. Incorporating them in the diet shows an almost instant reduction in inflammation.
Nuts are your go-to option for protein and omega-3s in the healthiest form. Have them by not more than a handful as they are also rich in fats. Almonds and walnuts are your healthiest nuts to snack on them.
Nothing spells anti-inflammatory as fresh fruits. Strawberries, sweet lime, grapefruit, blueberries, oranges, and pineapple top the list in this regard. They add the all-important anti-oxidants to the body and are especially rich in ‘Quercetin’ that is strong and fights even cancer.
- Olive Oil and Coconut Oil
The virgin varieties of coconut and olive oil have the maximum amounts of anti-oxidants. They are great for combating inflammation. These oils fight free radicals that are responsible for causing arthritis, osteoporosis, and cancer.
The darker the vegetable, higher will be the quantity of inflammation-fighting properties. Beetroots are one of the most potent foods in this regard. These repair damage to cells. Incorporate into your diet as part of salads, juices, cooked vegetable or as dips.
The wonder-cereal which has the highest amount of protein content, Oats are ninjas when it comes to fighting inflammation. They are mainly beneficial for diabetics and reduce belly fat apart from fighting inflammation.
- Green Tea
Almost the modern ‘elixir of life,’ green tea is the brahmastra in health foods. Reduces belly fat, fights cancer, lowers weight, and tackles inflammation, green tea is your humble drink that is a powerhouse of anti-oxidants. However, do not have more than three cups a day.
This root vegetable is choc-o-block full of anti-oxidants. Apart from these, it fights all kinds of diseases. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, it is great for indigestion and joint swellings. It is best had as ginger tea which can be made by seeping some in hot water. Fresh ginger does the maximum benefit so, make it a part of your chutneys and dips. You could even add its juice to your glass of lemonade.