7 Inflammation-fighting Foods you should add to your Diet

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 09, 2015

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Inflammation is a part of your body’s immune response. However, when it gets out of control, it can become a chronic disorder. Here are some foods that when included in the diet can fight inflammation in almost all parts of the body.
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    The Miracle Foods

    When your body’s immune response and its healing process is functioning improperly, inflammation occurs. And, when it gets out of control, it can take a chronic shape and damage the body. Besides, inflammation also has a major role to play in the development of heart disease, obesity, cancer and fastening the ageing process. However, a healthy diet can protect cells from inflammation. Here are 7 foods that you must include in your diet to prevent and combat inflammation.

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    Walnuts are a rich source of alpha-linolenic which gets converted into omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA in the body. DHA can reduce inflammation and protect cells in patients who are at risk.

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    Olive Oil

    There have been studies done to show that oleocanthal, which is a compound found in olive oil has similar effects as NSAID painkillers in the body. Thus, cooking food in olive oil is a must to fight inflammation.

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    Having tuna, sardines, salmon and mackerel can reduce inflammation in your body effectively as it carries omega-3 fatty acids. Eat fish several times a week and opt for healthy cooking ways like baking or boiling.

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    Anthocyanins, a powerful chemical which gives berries its rich colour can fight inflammation effectively. Include the fruit in your diet and see the miracle take place.

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    Loaded with lycopene, tomatoes can help reduce inflammation all over the body including lungs. Eat them raw or include them in your meals in the form of tomato sauce.

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    Green Leafy Vegetables

    Dark green leafy vegetables carry a high concentration of vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron and other disease-fighting phyto-chemicals. The amount of essential minerals found in dark coloured vegetables is way more than what is present in light-coloured leaves. Besides, dark green vegetables are rich in vitamin E, which protects the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokine.

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    Ginger contains pharmalogical properties of anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs. It also has antioxidant properties that protect cells from inflammation.

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