Top Anti-Inflammatory FoodsJan 10, 2023
Inflammation plays an important role in keeping the body healthy by protecting it from harmful bacteria, viruses and injury. The way the human body reacts to inflammation is individual and can depend on genes, health status, diet, blood sugar regulation, stress and the environment.
The first step in reducing unnecessary inflammation is to keep the immune system healthy. The digestive system plays a vital role in immune health. Eating the right type of protein, fats and other nutrients can provide your body with the ingredients it needs to keep you healthy.
Here are five of the top anti-inflammatory foods that you may want to incorporate into your diet:
Brussels sprouts - Brussels sprouts are packed full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and even protein. One cup of Brussels sprouts contains 10% of the recommended daily amount of protein.
Flaxseed - Ffaxseed contains many anti-inflammatory nutrients including vitamin B6, copper, folate, fiber, manganese and Phosphorous. However, the largest of its anti-inflammatory properties comes from its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3s protect the blood vessels from damage due to inflammation.
Green tea - Green tea has many anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the large amount of antioxidants it contains. Green tea has been studied for many years and may help control many of the chronic inflammatory diseases.
Herbs and Spices - Herbs and spices are an easy way to add anti-inflammatory properties to any meal. Two of the favorites include ginger and turmeric. Ginger inhibits inflammatory enzymes in the body. It has also been shown to reduce pain caused by arthritis and increase blood circulation. Turmeric is the main ingredient in curry and has many anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Onions - Onions are high in chromium, copper, folate, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin B6 and C. These nutrients help to enhance immune system function. Onions also support healthy bones and connective tissue by keeping joints lubricated.
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