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The 10 Most Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation is the natural or biological response of the body to protect itself. It attempts to remove the pain, irritation or discomfort associated with cell damage, injury or any sort of harmful stimulation. Inflammation itself is not an infection and in fact, it is a good sign that the body is responding well to heal on its own. While inflammation is associated with self-protection, infection is caused by bacteria, fungus or any virus.

Inflammation causes irritation, soreness, pain or any other type of discomfort. It may also cause redness or pus and later on, form some granulation. Inflammation is a complex body function and is an essential part of our immune system. Factually, inflammation is a part of the self-healing process and reducing inflammation is associated with the discomfort caused due to inflammation, without stopping the healing process.

Therefore, if the pain or discomfort is tolerable, inflammation should be left unattended and trying to reduce inflammation will only slow down the self-healing process. In this article, we shall discuss some of the most effective home remedies for inflammation, that reduces the discomfort caused due to inflammation without interfering with the healing process.

1. Blueberry:

Including Blueberry in your daily diet helps reduce inflammation. It is also very effective in neutralizing inflammation caused due to the intake of food that is high on saturated fats. A type of flovonoids found in blueberry called anthocyanins contains anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries are not just anti-inflammatory; they are also highly enriched with vitamin C and other components like resveratrol and polyphenol that are effective in removing the free radicals that are inflammatory in nature.[1]

Blueberry

2. Ginger:

Ginger is known for its health benefits and medicinal properties. It contain a compound called gingerols that which helps in fighting diseases, germs and bacteria due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Fresh ginger is more effective over packaged, processed or dry ginger. Add it to your vegetable or fruit juice, soups and salads or drink ginger infused tea. Ginger is very effective in stomach inflammation, common cold and cough and throat infection.[2]

Ginger

3. Green Tea:

The benefits of green tea are not just restricted to weight-loss or an energy provider. Being anti-inflammatory in nature, it has immense health benefits. A type of antioxidants present in green tea called catechins, renders it more anti-inflammatory in nature, as compared to even black tea.[3]

Green tea

4. Dark Chocolate:

If you love chocolates, you can now eat them guilt-free. This is because chocolate contains loads of antioxidants and is high on anti-inflammatory properties. It also prevents any faulty gene from causing insulin resistance in the body.[4]
Dark chocolate

5. Wild Salmon:

Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fats or better known as the good fats. It also consists of DHA and EPA, which stimulate the release of a hormone called adiponectin, which boosts metabolism and are very effective against inflammation.[5] However, it should be eaten in moderation which may otherwise cause stomach irritation.

Wild salmon

6. Red Peppers:

All peppers are anti-inflammatory in nature. However, the red peppers contain the highest level of Vitamin C and bioflavonoid beta-carotene, which are very effective in lowering inflammation. [6]You can prepare sauce and spreads with them or add them in your pizzas, pastas and salads.

Red Peppers:

7. Turmeric:

Turmeric is the super-effective food against inflammation. It contains a compound called curcumin which is responsible for its beautiful color and all its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin works by deactivating the harmful effects of two enzymes called 5-LOX and COX-2 which are highly inflammatory in nature. The medicinal properties of turmeric are associated with many natural ailments for diseases and medical conditions like cardio-vascular diseases, liver problems, joint pain, arthritis, pelvic inflammation and much more.[7]

Turmeric

8. Beetroot:

Beetroot is one of the most nutrition rich powerful foods. Apart from all the vital nutrients like iron, folic acid, minerals, etc. it is a great source of anti-inflammatory compounds like ascorbic acids, flavonoids, carotenoids, photochemical and betalain pigments. The betalain pigments have a component called betaine, which is not just anti-inflammatory, but also very effective in boosting metabolism. Beetroot works best when eaten raw. Add it to your salads or extract fresh juice out of it and drink it with a pint of salt, black pepper and lemon juice for taste.[8]

Beetroot

9. Tomatoes:

Tomato contains lycopene, a type of antioxidant that helps in safeguarding the brain against inflammation related to depression. Make sure you do not leave out the skin of tomato while eating it, as most of the lycopenes are in the skin. Eat it raw, in roasted form or in salads and pastas. You can even go for processed tomatoes as they are richer in lycopene content.[9]

Tomatoes

10. Pineapple:

Pineapple is not just tasty; it consists of an enzyme called bromelain, which is highly inflammatory in nature. It not just provides relief against inflammation; it also helps in providing relief from the underlying causes of inflammation.[10]

Pineapple



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