Eat to beat inflammation
Which are the best anti-inflammatory foods?
Researchers believe that chronic inflammation in the body – caused by poor diet, stress, overweight, infection, smoking and environmental toxins - contributes to many diseases. Eating anti-inflammatory compounds in foods can counteract it.
Among the most effective are omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), which the body converts to hormone-like substances that dampen inflammation. Find EFAs in fish (salmon, anchovies, mackerel, sardines), flaxseeds, and walnuts.
Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices include turmeric, which contains a powerful compound called curcumin, plus ginger, chamomile, licorice, and green tea. Particular phytochemicals in fruit and veg also fight inflammation, notably bromelain in pineapples and quercetin in apples and onions. Avoid sugar, refined flour and trans fats, which increase inflammation.