Foods that fight inflammation

Foods that fight inflammation
Best Health Minute
Bonnie Munday, Editor-in-chief

    Chronic low-grade inflammation of your body’s cells causes long-term damage to tissues, and is believed to be a major contributor to most chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune disease and cancer.  Triggers include stress, depression, smoking and inadequate sleep.  But what most people don’t know is that you can control inflammation through your diet!

Here are some power foods:

1)    Fatty fish – mackerel, salmon, trout and sardines are full of omega-3 fatty acids.  It is recommended to eat fish a couple times a week

2)    Fruit and vegetables – flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants in richly coloured produce are potent anti-inflammatories.  Eat deep-red berries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and red and orange peppers – at least five servings each day

3)    Extra-virgin olive oil – rich in antioxidants, this is a cornerstone to the Mediterranean diet.  Look for a dark-coloured bottle, which helps protect the oil’s properties from light

4)    High-fibre whole grains – fibre is anti-inflammatory and helps you avoid damaging blood sugar spikes.  Look for four to six grams of fibre per serving

5)    Turmeric – a bright yellow spice found in Indian curries, this spice is a super star anti-inflammatory.  Its active ingredients, curcumin, also comes in supplement form and has been shown to be as potent for easing aches and pains as OTC painkillers such as Ibuprofen.

 

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Sourced from Best Health Magazine, published in Metro News, Tuesday October 1st, 2013

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