5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Add To Your Diet

by Sumdima Rai
Did you know that inflammation is linked to many diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease? Inflammation is actually a beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells protect you from foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses; however, a problem arises when inflammation gets out of hand. And guess what? Your diet has a lot to do with this chain of events. Here are five foods you can eat to reduce inflammation.

1. Garlic

Garlic exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Allicin (an organosulfur compound in garlic) is thought to lend therapeutic effects to fight inflammation. Research has found that as allicin gets digested in your body, it produces sulfenic acid, a compound that effectively fights free radicals than any other compound.

2. Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms contains anti-inflammatory compounds such as ergothioneine which inhibits oxidative stress. It also supplies copper, the deficiency of which can lead to coronary heart disease.

3. Fermented Vegetables

A majority of inflammatory diseases start in your gut as a result of an imbalanced microbiome. Microbiome are microorganisms living in your body, helping you perform life-sustaining functions like boosting your immune system and helping in breakdown and absorption of nutrients. Fermented foods such as kimchi, miso, tempeh, olives and pickles ‘reseed’ your gut with beneficial microorganisms. Read more about the benefits of fermented veggies

4. Tea

Matcha tea is the most nutrient-rich green tea and has been found to have up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries and seven times more than dark chocolate. Tulsi (holy basil) tea is another tea packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidants and micronutrients that support immune function and heart health.

5. Animal-Based Omega-3 Fat

It is found in fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon, and fish or krill oil which helps fight inflammation. A research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology found that dietary supplementation with krill oil reduced inflammation and oxidative stress.
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