Saturday, December 21, 2019

6 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

1)     Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens like collard greens, kale, and spinach contain an abundance of anti-inflammatory compounds, including vitamins C and E and antioxidants, which curb inflammatory processes.

2)    Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

The consumption of olive oil is associated with a reduced amount of inflammatory markers in the blood. Approximately 9 different polyphenols work to limit inflammation in the body through various mechanisms, including decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory messenger molecules. 

3)    Ginger

A key compound in ginger called gingerol suppresses pro-inflammatory compounds.

4)    Ground Flaxseed

Flaxseed contains ALA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that helps protect against cardiovascular inflammation. They are also rich in lignans, a polyphenol that inhibits the formation of platelet-activating factor, a risk factor for inflammation.

5)    Garlic

It contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit pro-inflammatory messengers. Along with antioxidants, it has been shown to limit the progression of atherosclerosis and to promote heart health.

6)    Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which inhibit a pro-inflammatory enzyme called COX. Omega-3 fatty acids also counter the pro-inflammatory effects of omega-6 fatty acids.

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