What Foods Are Anti-Inflammatory?

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, foods and plants contain anti-inflammatory properties, also called antiphlogistics, which can be used to reduce or manage inflammation levels.

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 and activate inflammatory pathways. Once inflammatory markers are released, inflammatory cells are sent to respond to the inciting stimuli.

Berries

Berries are arguable the most essential anti-inflammatory food item. 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.

Great Value Antioxidant Blend with strawberries, blueberries and rasberries
Great Value Antioxidant Blend with strawberries, blueberries and rasberries

Turmeric

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.

Broccoli

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.

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