Diet & Inflammation

inflammation Jan 23, 2024

Inflammation plays a dual role in initiating and accelerating cardiovascular diseases. Indirectly, inflammatory conditions like arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes increase the risk of developing heart disease.

An innovative study on preventing heart disease found that diets that were higher in foods that cause inflammation were associated with 38 percent higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and, more specifically, 46 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease, and 28 percent higher risk of stroke.

Inflammatory foods include red meat, processed meat, organ meat, refined carbohydrates, and sweetened beverages.

Anti-inflammatory foods are heart healthy and include leafy green vegetables, dark yellow vegetables, fruit, whole grains, tea, coffee, and wine. It follows course, that mostly plant-based diets can help reduce your risk of developing or worsening cardiovascular disease.

There are also good fats and bad fats. Powerfully anti-inflammatory, plant-based foods are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that help reduce blood clotting, whereas some animal-derived foods are high in saturated fats, which not only increase blood clotting but can also be highly inflammatory.

Supplements like curcumin, gingerroot, ginko, grapeseed extract, green tea, hawthorn, hibiscus, olive leaf extract, omega-3's, pine bark extract, pomegranate, quercetin, and vitamin C and D are potent anti-inflammatories that may have a positive effect in preventing heart disease.

There are two important lessons from the inflammation-heart health connection. The first is that simple and delicious dietary changes and safe natural supplements may help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. The second is the need to be aware of early warning signs such as joint pain, digestive issues, blood sugar issues, fatigue, insomnia, and depression.

If you are concerned about your heart health, a good goal is to make sure that 80% or more of the foods you consume are healthy, and anti-inflammatory foods.

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