• Deanne Pandey

Here’s everything you need to know about Anti-Inflammatory Foods

We have often heard that certain foods are Anti-inflammatory in nature. But, what do we understand by that? What do we understand by the term ‘inflammation’? Our body has a natural defence mechanism that fights anything unrecognisable that enters it such as microbes, viruses or chemicals. This process is called inflammation and it helps in protecting your health. Inflammation can be both good and bad. On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and diseases. Certain foods may accelerate the inflammation process but by choosing the right foods you can prevent the risk of many illnesses and diseases. Unhealthy foods like refined carbs, sodas and processed food not only lead to weight gain but they may also contribute to inflammation in your body. On the other hand, there are plenty of foods that can help you fight inflammation. To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. Along with this, chemical compounds found naturally in many foods, including most fruits and vegetables, seem to have anti-inflammatory properties. Try including these food in your diet.

Here are some foods that have Anti-Inflammatory properties-

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a powerful spice. Curcumin, found in turmeric, helps in reducing inflammation naturally. Inflammatory processes can cause pain, swelling or redness. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing these symptoms.

2. Green Tea

Green tea is known to be a great antioxidant. It is rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids that pick up the free radicals that may cause damage. These active constituents of green tea may protect against cellular damage by stopping free radicals and blocking the overproduction of inflammatory substances.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is extremely nutritious. It's a cruciferous vegetable, just like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale. Eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Broccoli is one of the best sources of sulforaphane, an antioxidant with powerful anti- inflammatory effects.

4. Avocados

Avocados offer various beneficial compounds that protect against inflammation and may reduce your cancer risk. They're packed with potassium, magnesium, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

5. Nuts

Nuts like walnuts and almonds are an excellent source of anti- inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Certain enzymes present in walnuts inhibit production of neurotransmitters that cause pain and swelling. Almonds contain more anti-inflammatory Vitamin E than other tree nuts.

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