Inflammation is a natural response triggered by irritation, pathogens, toxins, and injuries. This response includes the release of antibodies and proteins, as well as increased blood flow to the injured area. The whole process usually lasts for a few hours or days, in the case of acute inflammation.
Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet and avoiding or reducing foods that promote inflammation is beneficial and important to maintain good health. Examples of foods to avoid are Trans fats, red and processed meats and Omega-6s.
Here are 6 anti-inflammatory foods that are good for you.
Gingerol is a compound in ginger. If consumed regularly, its anti-inflammatory property helps reduce muscle pain and soreness after exercise by up to 25%.
2. Walnuts and Almonds
Walnuts are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Certain enzymes present in walnuts inhibit the production of neurotransmitters that cause pain and swelling. A study conducted by University of Michigan showed that almonds contain more anti-inflammatory Vitamin E than other tree nuts.
3. Green Tea
The polyphenols in green tea help reduce inflammation and protect joints, thereby relieving the severity of arthritis.
Like leeks and onions, garlic contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Experiments showed that it can reduce inflammation, reduce disease activity and prevent cartilage damage.
5. Black Pepper
The anti-inflammatory property of black pepper is very effective in relieving arthritis pain and indigestion. A study found that piperine, the active ingredient of black pepper, can inhibit cell inflammation and relieve arthritis.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory food that helps with intestinal repair and promotes the function of probiotics. A recent study found that curcumin, the main component of turmeric, is as effective as an analgesic in relieving abdominal pain. In addition, turmeric also helps to relieve depression.
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