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Are you looking for supplements to fight inflammation, then it is the right time to consider foods for inflammation. Doctors are discovering that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation is in the refrigerator, not the medication closet. You can permanently reduce inflammation by eating an anti-inflammatory diet. This is why in this article we chose to inform you about the best foods for inflammation and how an anti-inflammatory diet may assist you in improving your daily life in less than 3 months.

What is Inflammation?

When your body senses something alien, such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical, your immune system is engaged. This frequently results in a process known as inflammation1 2. Inflammation can be both beneficial and detrimental. On the one hand, it aids your body’s defense against infection or injury. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, can result in disease. Stress, obesity, smoking, modern lifestyle, and inflammatory diets can all increase the risk 3.

However, inflammation can sometimes persist, even when you are not confronted by a foreign invader. And this is where inflammation suddenly becomes your worst fear. Chronic inflammation has been related to several main diseases that affect humans, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s4. What is less known, however, is that you can fight this naturally by including functional foods for inflammation in your daily diet.

What is the Purpose of an Anti-inflammatory Diet?

One of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents may be found in the food store, not the pharmacy. “Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.

Certain foods have been linked to inflammation in the body. Red meat, for example, contains a lot of saturated fat. Saturated fat, along with trans fat and refined sugar, is one of the factors that induce some immune cells to release inflammatory proteins into the bloodstream. Other foods do not have this impact and, in some situations, can help to reduce inflammation. Foods high in antioxidants are included in this category. Antioxidants combat free radicals, which cause long-term cell damage and can exacerbate inflammation 5.

Because our food choices influence the degree of inflammation in our bodies, the anti-inflammatory diet is thought to reduce chronic inflammation and aid in the prevention of diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and cancer 6.

Anti-inflammatory Foods

Dr. Hu recommends beverages and foods to minimize inflammation and, as a result, chronic disease. He specifically mentions foods and vegetables high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols—protective substances found in plants—such as pomegranates, blueberries, apples, healthy oils 7, and leafy greens8. Consider the Mediterranean diet if you want to eat in a way that closely adheres to the principles of anti-inflammatory food. Here are the best 5 foods for inflammation.

1. Pomegranate Concentrate with Turmeric Extract + D3

When it comes to anti-inflammatory foods the antioxidants contained play the most important role. Our pomegranate concentrate has record high polyphenol levels, which practically means that it will provide you with complete natural support against free radicals. In addition, this is combined with the most bioavailable form of curcumin 9 10 extract on the planet in order to further intensify the anti-inflammatory strength of this unique product. The micellized D3 that is included increases further the anti-inflammatory response and makes this product a game changing food for inflammation. We encourage you to read more on the product page.

2. Medical Olive + Algae Vegan Omega 3 Oil (EPA DHA ALA)

One on hand you receive the befits from the consumption of medical grade olive oil, whose great anti-inflammatory response has been numerously proved in clinical trials and academic research 11 12 13.

In addition, by daily consuming this functional food you will be receiving possibly the best plant based omega 3 complex that exists. Omega-3 fatty acids 14 15 are “good fats” that may help protect against heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and other conditions. There are not many vegan foods for inflammation that can provide you with an adequate amount of EPA + DHA + ALA on a daily basis, and this is exactly the reason that we designed this product.

3. Berries and Cherries

Anthocyanins are antioxidants found in berries. These substances have anti-inflammatory properties, which may lower your risk of disease. In one study of 25 adults, those who consumed blueberry powder on a daily basis produced considerably more natural killer cells (NK cells) than those who did not. These findings were consistent with those of an earlier study. 16 17 18. Additionally, cherries are tasty and high in antioxidants such as anthocyanins and catechins, which also help to reduce inflammation. In one study, 37 older adults who ingested 16 ounces (480 mL) of tart cherry juice daily for 12 weeks had considerably reduced levels of the inflammatory marker CRP 19.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are truly nature’s powerhouse when it comes to vitamins, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Very high in in vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene, a very powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory markers 20 21. Lycopene may be especially effective in lowering pro-inflammatory chemicals linked to certain types of cancer. Because lycopene is a carotenoid, a nutrient that’s better absorbed with a source of fat, we encourage you to combine tomatoes with any of our medical grade olive oils in order to absorb more lycopene 22.  have already made an excellent functional food for your genes that will fight inflammation naturally and effectively.

5. Broccoli

What more can you say about this amazing vegetable with such an amazing and established scientific research to backs up its health related benefits? Broccoli is extremely high in nutrients, along with brussels sprouts and kale. Consuming a lot of green vegetables has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, according to research. This could be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the antioxidants included in them. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation by lowering levels of cytokines and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), which are molecules in your body that cause inflammation. 23 24.

Foods to Avoid

Foods high in omega 6 fatty acids are among those that cause inflammation. Although these fats are essential for bone health, cognitive function, and metabolism (the process through which food is converted into energy), ingesting too many omega 6 fatty acids can cause inflammation 25.

1. Sugar 26 27
2. Dairy products (milk, cheese, butter, and ice cream)
3. Margarine – Artificial Trans Fats 28 29
4. Meats or Processed Meat 30 31
5. Vegetable oils (e.g. corn, safflower, soybean, peanut, and cottonseed oil) 32
6. French fries and other fried foods
7. Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
8. Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries 33 34 35

Summary

“Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator”. By eating an anti-inflammatory diet, you can permanently reduce inflammation and dramatically enhance your general health. So, if you are ready to dive in, feel free to navigate to our Immune Category and discover the benefits of our functional foods designed with anti-inflammatory benefits.

A Word From MILESTONE®

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