Lifestyle Food and Recipes 07 Sep 2019 7 anti-inflammatory ...

7 anti-inflammatory foods you must include in your diet

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : DRISHTI VANJANI
Published Sep 7, 2019, 4:57 pm IST
Updated Sep 7, 2019, 4:57 pm IST
These easily available foods are excellent for your health.
Berries are good for your heart health. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)
 Berries are good for your heart health. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)

Inflammation is actually a defense mechanism in our body, and helps in fighting against injuries and infections. But, chronic inflammation is known to result in weight gain and disease, in addition to making us prone to cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Here are 7 anti-inflammatory foods you can eat to keep disease at bay:

1. Broccoli

 

This extremely nutritious vegetable is known to lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It’s also packed with calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. You can incorporate broccoli in soups and salads. Or stir fry it with other veggies and season them up with salt and pepper for a filling dish.

2. Berries

Did you know that eating berries helps your body produce natural killer cells (NK cells)? Also, berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries are easy to eat, and are powerful anti-inflammatory foods, they are also good for your heart health.

3. Olive oil

Olive oil is beneficial for your health in multiple ways. A key ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, olive oil is known to lower cholesterol and promote heart health. This is because it’s rich in monosaturated fats, fats that are good for your body.

4. Fatty fish

Fatty fish are an excellent source of omega-3 fats. You can have salmon, sardines and even anchovies. Plus, they also give you a protein boost and keep kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes at bay. They are amazing anti-inflammatory foods and are quite filling too.

5. Green tea

Green tea is widely known for boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss. But it’s also one of the best anti-inflammatory beverages and reduces the risk of cancer, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease among others.

6. Grapes

Grape skin is rich in resveratrol, a compound that comes with multiple health benefits. Studies have shown that grapes keep your heart healthy and have anti-inflammatory properties that protect you from eye disorders.

7. Tomatoes

If you’re a picky eater who leaves tomatoes on the plate, chances are you’ll now start eating them, because they help in keeping cancer at bay. According to Healthline, tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C and potassium. Add them to your salads and you’re good to go.

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