Inflammation has many different causes across the body. Inflammation is the body’s immune response to infections, injuries, diseases and disorders which generally helps the body heal itself. Sometimes inflammation occurs when its not suppose to, or it may occur in excess, or persist longer than it needs to. In these cases, inflammation can be the source of physiological problems, rather than the solution to them. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and allergies are conditions associated with chronic inflammation.
Certain substances can be used to reduce inflammation. Foods and plants that contain these anti-inflammatory properties, also called antiphlogistics, can be implemented into virtually any diet to ensure that inflammation levels are kept limited or lessened.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is your immune system’s cellular and molecular reaction aimed at healing harmful stimuli that may be prompted by several factors, including pathogens, damaged cells, toxic compounds, or irradiation. The inflammatory response happens when specialized cells recognize detrimental stimuli, thereupon activating inflammatory pathways. Once inflammatory markers are released, inflammatory cells can be engaged.
The most essential anti-inflammatory food item is arguably fruits, specifically berries. Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, raspberries and strawberries – as well as dozens of other fruits – contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are pigments that have an array of health benefits. This miraculous compound is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-obesity, anti-angiogenesis, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-microbial. Not to mention, most fruits and berries are rich in antioxidants, meaning that they help protect bodily cells against oxidative stress.
Turmeric is an India-native plant which is readily available in most super markets and local groceries around the world. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been shown to inhibit NF-κB activation, a protein complex involved in cellular inflammatory responses. Curcumin has also proven useful in improving systemic markers of oxidative stress, which is closely associated with inflammation and chronic disease.
Capsicum Baccatum Peppers
Capsicum baccatum is a South American and South African species of chili pepper that is has a sweetish flavor and a pungent, hot taste. A 2012 study by researchers Aline Rigon Zimmer, Bianca Leonardi, DiogoMiron, Elfrides Schapoval, Jarbas Rodrigues de Oliveira and Grace Gosmann suggests that the butanol and the crude ethanolic extracts of Capsicum baccatum showed anti-inflammatory effects.
You can hardly visit any store produce section without coming across broccoli. I’d recommend broccoli be eaten daily, as it is readily available to be eaten, cooked or raw. Broccoli contains phytonutrients, vitamins (C, A, K and B) and is low in fat. Broccoli can be used to treat oxidation and fight disease. Broccoli suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α and IL-1β by blocking NF-κB production in the body.
Food As Medicine
I suggest using your daily food intake as a means to stave off chronic inflammation.