Our body tends to develop inflammation due to increased blood circulation as a quick way to heal injuries like cuts and flu. Inflammation is a good thing for our body but only until it’s doing its job. It may, however, be harmful if the body continuously develops inflammation. Conditions that may trigger the inflammation include chronic back pain, ongoing infection like tuberculosis, viruses, bacteria, allergies and even gum diseases and excess weight. But you can fight such inflammation by including these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet.
Garlic contains antioxidants that make it very effective against colds. It is popularly known for its anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties and for its ability to boost the immune system. It can also treat acne and keep the immune system and weight under control. The sulfur present in garlic prevents the activation of inflammatory enzymes in the body. Image Courtesy: Wisegeek.com
Green tea is known as a great antioxidant due to the presence of a high amount of catechin polyphenols in it, but it also offers some less known anti-cancer properties. Green tea not only helps lower the level of bad cholesterol but it also prevents cardiovascular diseases and fights infections. But, the best inflammatory diet is the one that produces mild anti-inflammatory effects and can be very helpful for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Image Courtesy: greentea-restaurant.com
Since ancient times, ginger has been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine system. It has numerous health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger boosts the natural capacity of your body to absorb nutrients and treats common cold, stomach cramps, clears sinuses, join pain and motion sickness. Image Courtesy: weightlossiology.com
Tart cherries contain anthocyanins and other phytochemicals that support proper blood circulation and increase the ability to fight oxidative stress, which is linked to cancer, diabetes and infections. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that not only alleviates the symptoms of asthma but also increases the symptoms of other respiratory conditions. Image Courtesy:www.nutraingredients-usa.com
Oregano oil is known to be very effective in treating upper respiratory tract infections as it has antiviral and anti-microbial properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of oregano oil are well known; it can relieve pain and discomfort triggered by internal factors. But the oil can also be used as topical cream to reduce irritation and redness to the applied area. Oregano oil is also great for hyper-sensitive people who suffer from allergies, as this oil has strong anti-allergic properties. Image Courtesy: www.thesleuthjournal.com624
Since ancient times turmeric has also been widely used in both Ayurvedic and the Chinese medicine for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has anti-aging, antioxidant properties as well. Image Courtesy:naf.in
Onions are rich in phytonutrients that have strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can be effective against inflammation caused by asthma, arthritis or auto-immune diseases, as well as allergies or chronically swollen joints. Image Courtesy:www.yummymummyclub.ca