Which 63 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Heal Naturally?

If you are looking for a long and healthy life, natural anti-inflammatory foods are the key. In this article you will find a list of anti-inflammatory foods to choose from to help fight against autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders, and keep you young.

How Does This Work?

The word inflammation is derived from a Latin word ‘inflammare’ that means ‘on fire’. It is a set of biological processes involving the natural reaction of our body to harmful stimuli, i.e. injuries, infections etc.

Some degree of exposure to these stimuli is inevitable in our daily lives, and our body’s natural defense can fight those harmful elements to some extent on its own.

Inflammation can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Acute inflammation is the body’s first aggressive reaction to extrinsic damage from which the body recovers in hours to days, for example insect bite, abrasions, hives etc.

But chronic inflammation happens when the body’s defenses are continuously exposed to harmful stimuli, which renders the body and its defenses weak. Examples of chronic inflammation include tuberculosis, cancer, arthritis, dermatitis, inflammatory bowel diseases and even cardiac concerns.

Sometimes the body’s defense starts working against its own tissues, which leads to a number of diseases widely known as ‘auto immune diseases’. Also it is postulated that inflammation is involved in the ultimate process of aging as well.

Nature has provided some wonderful anti inflammatory foods that can be used to defy age, and also to help fight against autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders.

Now on to the good stuff.. Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods List

Fruits

These are the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory power sources effective against a number of diseases like acute traumas, injuries, arthritis, cancer, indigestion, acid peptic disease, dementia and many other chronic inflammatory conditions. Examples are:

  • Papaya (rich in vitamin C and E and papain, an enzyme that digests proteins)
  • Pineapple (contains an enzyme Bromelain with excellent healing properties)
  • Blueberries (rich in phyto nutrients)
  • Goji berries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Kiwifruit
  • Rhubarb
  • Lemon
  • Limes
  • Avocados
  • Guavas
  • Strawberries
  • Mulberries
  • Raspberries

Vegetables

This anti inflammatory foods group is another major ally to the anti-inflammatory warfare. Examples include:

  • Cruciferous vegetables (rich in phyto nutrients i.e. sulphoraphanes which has anti cancer properties)
  • Spinach (source of carotenes, flavonoids, vitamins, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan, calcium, iron and folate)
  • Ginger
  • Sweet potatoes (contains fiber, vitamin C and B6, beta carotenoids, manganese and carbohydrates)
  • Salads
  • Chards
  • Green beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Kale
  • Bok Choy
  • Olives
  • Fennel bulb
  • Spring onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Leeks

Fish are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These include most importantly eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.

There are numerous benefits of omega-3 include a healthier heart by reducing the chances of heart diseases, preventing and fighting cancer, helping against autoimmune diseases and psychological ailments. All of these benefits result from its excellent anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties.

Various kinds of cold-water fish like:

  • Cod
  • Tuna
  • Herring
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Striped Bass
  • Halibut
  • Whitefish
  • Sardines
  • Snapper Fish
  • Oysters

Oils

  • Olive oil contains an abundant supply of polyphenols and monounsaturated fats, which reduce inflammation in cardiovascular system including heart and blood vessels, which in turn reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and all the resulting complications. It also helps fight against Rheumatoid arthritis and allergic asthma by the same mechanism.
  • Avocado oil is.another, very effective anti-inflammatory agent, which is similar in composition and properties to the Olive oil.

Drinks

  • Green tea is rich in flavonoids, which are a very potent agent in decreasing the incidence of heart diseases and effective against malignancies too.
  • However, you shouldn’t forget about water, as this is known as the simplest, cheapest and widely available drink. It has been shown in many studies that water accelerates the body’s metabolism and speeds up the removal of harmful by products of metabolism.

Spices and Herbs

  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Turmeric
  • Cloves
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Chili pepper
  • Parsley
  • Cocoa
  • Oregano
  • Licorice

Seeds and Nuts

  • Walnuts
  • Linseed
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almond

We are what we eat, so watch what you eat. Choose natural anti-inflammatory foods in your diet to ensure a more happy, healthy, and hopefully disease free, long life!

3 thoughts on “Which 63 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Heal Naturally?

  • June 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm
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    Can you tell me if it is ok to take leaf greens or barley life if you have autoimmune thyroid,I need to know . Thanks Virginia

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    • June 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm
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      Hi Virginia,

      Thanks for asking.

      Yes, BarleyLife and LeafGreens may both be taken if you have autoimmune thyroid disorders. You will in fact see much benefit and improved health.

      We would recommend that you take 2 tsp BarleyLife with 1 tsp LeafGreens every day, then work your way up over a period of 2-3 weeks to 4 tsp BarleyLife and 2 tsp LeafGreens each day. You will feel great.

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      When ordering please mention Chris Byrnes and sponsor ID #701319. This will ensure we can be your Living Well Coach (free) and be your point of contact for nutritional guidance.

      All the best,
      Chris

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      • June 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm
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        We should also mention that both BarleyLife and LeafGreens are healthy sources of iodine. Iodine is imperative to healthy thyroid function. They also provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients which help balance proper immune function.

        Chris

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