14 Foods That Fight Inflammation

14 Foods That Fight Inflammation

There are 6 comments on the Health.com story from Jun 22, 2013, titled 14 Foods That Fight Inflammation. In it, Health.com reports that:

Inflammation is part of the body's immune response; without it, we can't heal. But when it's out of control-as in rheumatoid arthritis-it can damage the body.

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Tim

Manlius, NY

#1 Jun 22, 2013
Turmeric capsules from Nature Tyme have been of help to me. I have been able to reduce my methotrexate intake from 10 pills per week to 7 per week. Also, I have weened myself off Nexium very slowly and am better off for it. I am working slowly toward a veggie rich diet (I have always like veggies, but have not had the time and kitchen to prepare them as much as I might have liked.).
Please try to find your own path toward wellness. Experiment, safely, with natural spices and ingredients and do NOT use processed foods if you can help it.
tiM

Since: Oct 13

Chantilly, VA

#2 Oct 21, 2013
yes these 14 are good food. Some of them are similar to food which i too searched are said to be good for fighting inflammation:
1. Blueberries: Blueberries are also excellent anti-inflammatory foods. They increase the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as people age. When heat-shock proteins are in short supply inflammation, pain and tissue damage is the result.

2. Cayenne Pepper: Ironically, cayenne pepper turns DOWN the heat on inflammation due to its powerful anti-inflammatory compound capsaicin.

3. Celery and 4. Celery Seeds: James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds in his research, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes.

5. Cherries: While many people opt for aspirin as their first course of action when they feel pain, Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is ten times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation.

6. Dark Green Veggies: Veggies like kale and spinach contain high amounts of alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium. Both minerals help balance body chemistry to alleviate inflammation.

7. Fish: According to Dr. Alfred D. Steinberg, an arthritis expert at the National Institute of Health, fish oil acts directly on the immune system by suppressing 40 to 55 percent of the release of cytokines – compounds known to destroy joints and cause inflammation.

8. Flax seeds and Flax Oil: Flax seeds are high in natural oils that convert into hormone-like substances in the body to reduce inflammatory substances. Add ground flax seeds to smoothies, atop pancakes or French toast, and many other foods. Do not heat.

9. Ginger: Dr. Krishna C. Srivastava at Odense University in Denmark found that ginger was superior to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil at alleviating inflammation.

10. Raspberries, 11. Blackberries, and 12. Strawberries: In Dr. Muraleedharan Nair’s later research she discovered that these berries have similar anti-inflammatory effects as cherries.

13. Turmeric: Research shows that the Indian spice frequently used in curries suppresses pain and inflammation through a similar mechanism as drugs like COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors (without the harmful side effects).

14. Walnuts: Like flax seeds, raw, unsalted walnuts contain plentiful amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids that decrease pain and inflammation

Since: Oct 13

Latham, NY

#3 Nov 2, 2013
Foods high in sugar and saturated fat can spur inflammation.They cause overactivity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels.
Oily fish, like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation.
Consuming most of your grains as whole grains, as opposed to refined, white bread, cereal, rice, and pasta can help keep harmful inflammation at bay. That’s because whole grains have more fiber, which has been shown to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood, and they usually have less added sugar.
Studies have suggested that vitamin E may play a key role in protecting the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines—and one of the best sources of this vitamin is dark green veggies, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and collard greens. Dark greens and cruciferous vegetables also tend to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals—like calcium, iron, and disease-fighting phytochemicals—than those with lighter-colored leaves.
nuts—particularly almonds, which are rich in fiber, calcium, and vitamin E, and walnuts, which have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fat. All nuts, though, are packed with antioxidants, which can help your body fight off and repair the damage caused by inflammation.
robvangely

Wenonah, NJ

#4 Jan 25, 2014
The right foods are without a doubt key to keeping inflammation under control, not just of healthy joint function but so many other functions such has heart and overall health, We all have unique genetic and chemical make ups and sometimes even the proper diet is not enough. I and countless others have success with anti inflammatory supplements. Here is more info: http://betterhealthandfitness.info/
HumanSpirit

High Springs, FL

#5 Jan 25, 2014
Tim wrote:
Turmeric capsules from Nature Tyme have been of help to me. I have been able to reduce my methotrexate intake from 10 pills per week to 7 per week. Also, I have weened myself off Nexium very slowly and am better off for it. I am working slowly toward a veggie rich diet (I have always like veggies, but have not had the time and kitchen to prepare them as much as I might have liked.).
Please try to find your own path toward wellness. Experiment, safely, with natural spices and ingredients and do NOT use processed foods if you can help it.
tiM
IMO: Nexium is a terrible drug causing the proton pumps to shut down and causing food to rot in the stomach. It takes about a week of hospitalization to kill the bacteria with lots of stomach pain. Your doctor should be questioned as to the reasons for using such a dangerous drug when others (and not Prilosec) are on the market.
Vaccine Damage

Winnipeg, Canada

#6 Jan 25, 2014
Vaccines cause inflammation that causes many illnesses and autoimmune conditions

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