The Best Anti-inflammatory Foods and How They Work

Natural anti-inflammatory properties can be found in certain foods. Dealing with inflammation can be hard. Here are the best known foods with good sources of anti-inflammatory qualities. The Best Anti-inflammatory Foods

The best known foods with good sources of anti-inflammatory qualities are :

  • garlic
  • onions
  • flaxseed
  • cinnamon
  • avocado
  • hot chilies
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • green beans
  • cherries
  • apples
  • citrus fruits
  • papaya
  • berries
  • tomatoes.

The best cooking oil is avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil. The best drink is green tea. Cod, halibut, herring and oysters are the best fish, yet most are relatively good sources. Nuts and seeds are such as almonds, hazelnuts sunflower seeds and walnuts are high on the list.

Anti-inflammatory foods are such a hot item these days. Yet, before you jump on any diet bandwagons and especially any anti-inflammatory bandwagons, you should learn what are the anti-inflammatory processes you are seeking to control with food.

An inflammatory process is a healing tool of the immune system. It is its immediate response to tissue injury, any tissue injury whether it is acute or chronic, real or imagined. As an example the first thing that the body does after your first get a bee sting is to rush out special chemicals to deal with the chemical deposited by the bee’s stinger. Soon afterward you notice the area around the punctured area is swollen and red. This is the simplest form of an inflammatory process. All others are based on this simple model. The Best Anti-inflammatory Foods

Why then is there need for controlling the anti-inflammatory process if it is basically a healing tool? Why should we concern ourselves with diets that counteract this condition?

The process sometimes is out of control or the body is misreading information or the immune system is so overloaded with false claims it can no longer work according to how it was designed to work. In other words, it turns on itself and damages its own tissues. This is basically what arthritis is, an inflamed process of the bones and joints that is caused by some other area of the body’s lack of control.

Note that the suffix ëitisí that is added after a word means it is inflamed. Examples are sinusitis, inflammation of the sinuses; appendicitis, inflammation of the appendix; tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons from too much wrist strain while at the keyboard and so on.

It is well to note that these foods do not in any way turn off the immune systemís response to act when the body is being inundated with allergic reactions or when other pathogens are beating down the door wanting to take over. They are likewise helpers and they take on the job of seeing that the overall need of the body for inflammatory processes is more toward the normal limits.

These foods are comparable to health care workers that explain and remove as much exterior stress from their patients as possible thus removing the necessity for emergency room visits every few days. Where the lone body is concerned, the overworked and under compensated immune system now can take some time off and heal itself of overwork before the next big emergency comes along. The foods with much needed chemicals have arrived giving them a break. The body functions in much the same way a well oriented government functions; or in some cases, does not function.

I love to add cinnamon and flaxseed to my morning smoothie for the anti-inflammatory qualities. I always use extra-virgin olive oil for cooking for this reason as well. 

Hopefully this gives you a good idea of some foods to incorporate into your diet and what the process is like. 

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