11 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Infographic from EFM Health Clubs
The scientific research is clear: persistent or chronic inflammation plays a key role in the development of many chronic diseases and medical conditions. It is widely accepted in the healthcare community that controlling chronic inflammation is crucial in both helping to prevent, as well as to treat, a variety of medical conditions and chronic diseases.
Some common causes of chronic inflammation include foreign substances, such as chemicals and pathogens (viruses, bacteria, other microorganisms) that enter the body. The immune system recognizes these as foreign and attacks it, triggering an inflammatory response.
The Role of the Diet
We are learning that our diet has a significant impact on our overall health, including our immune system and on chronic inflammation.
We know that certain foods are pro-inflammatory. That is, they promote or contribute to inflammation. These foods include refined carbohydrates, fried foods, red meat, processed meat, sugar sweetened foods and beverages, margarine, shortening and lard.
Conversely, certain foods are anti-inflammatory. That is, they combat and reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods are high in antioxidants and polyphenols (compounds that are thought to protect against inflammation). These foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Omega-3 fatty acids found is fatty fish is also thought to be protective.
This infographic from EFM Health Clubs illustrates and briefly describes 11 foods that are thought to be particularly anti-inflammatory:
✿ Chia Seeds
✿ Leafy Greens
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