7 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Inflammation occurs when your immune system becomes activated. Short-term inflammation is usually a good thing, because it’s part of the healing process, and it helps fight off infection. However, if you have a chronic condition, such arthritis or lupus, this can lead to continuous inflammation, which can cause joint pain, stiffness, and a loss of mobility.

In addition to medical treatment, dietary changes can also help lower your inflammation levels. At RehabOne Medical Group, with locations in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, and Salinas, California, our expert care team often recommends specialized anti-inflammatory diets for patients who have chronic conditions.

Here are some of the top foods we recommend that can help fight inflammation in your body.

1. Avocados

Delicious and readily available in California, avocados contain essential nutrients. In addition to  carotenoids and tocopherols — which can reduce your risk of developing cancers — avocados contain compounds that can reduce inflammation in skin cells.

2. Some types of fish

Omega-3 fatty acids can help combat inflammation. Your body breaks these fatty acids down into anti-inflammatory compounds called resolvins and protectins. To get plenty of these fats, try fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, or mackerel. Salty sardines and anchovies can also help combat inflammation.

3. Berries

Eating berries regularly can help reduce your inflammation levels and overall risk of disease. Sweet, tart berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In addition, the antioxidants found in berries work to fight inflammation. Cherries, though not in the berry family, are also high in antioxidants.

4. Broccoli

In addition to broccoli’s other nutritious properties, this cruciferous vegetable is an excellent source of sulforaphane. This antioxidant reduces the levels of cytokines, which cause inflammation. Steam, boil, or roast broccoli as a side, or snack on fresh broccoli with a tasty dip.

5. Green tea

Another source of antioxidants is green tea. Enjoy a warm mug of green tea with lemon or a little honey to fight inflammation.

6. Turmeric

Commonly used in Indian dishes, this bright yellow spice contains curcumin, a highly effective anti-inflammatory agent. Add some turmeric to your soups or meat dishes this winter to soothe inflammatory symptoms.

7. Extra-virgin olive oil

For an anti-inflammatory take on food prep, try using more extra-virgin olive oil in your cooking. This healthy fat has many health benefits, including the ability to fight inflammation.

To learn more about how an anti-inflammatory diet could improve your quality of life this winter, get in touch with the care team at RehabOne Medical Group. Our holistic pain medicine approach can help tame your inflammatory issues. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with RehabOne Medical Group today.

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