The word “inflammation” is a word used for some conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, you feel heat, pain, redness, and swelling. However, in other cases — like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes — it’s not so obvious. With those conditions, test has to look for the condition. Inflammation is normal but too much of it can lead to pain and disease. Below is a list of some inflammation fighting foods that can help fight this immune response to certain things:
1. Mango: First let me say Mangos are really good and not only that they are packed with nutrients. Compounds in mangos called polyphenols might inhibit the inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells according to a study done in 2013. They are also packed with over 20 vitamins and minerals which includes vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and folate.
2. Leafy greens: I love greens especially kale and collard. Diets rich in leafy greens provide anti-inflammatory benefits and the lower the rates of certain cancers as well as heart disease. Collard greens, kale, broccoli, spinach are some of the most nutrient leafy foods to eat. It is recommended to have at least 2-3 cups a day.
3.Turmeric: This golden goodness called turmeric is a spice used in indian foods, Jamaican cuisine, and traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Some will even use it as a facial mask to help with inflammation. A compound found in turmeric called curcumin may be the source of its anti-inflammatory properties. Add it turmeric to your curry or it can be used as a sauce with chicken and fish.
4. Cherries: I think we all love cherries at least I would like to think so. Fresh cherries are a powerful inflammation fighter. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, eating sweet bing cherries can decrease inflammation in the body and help prevent chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
5. Pineapples: Pineapples are soooo good. The key ingredient in pineapples that help with inflammation is bromelain; an enzyme. It reduces swelling, helps against sore throat, treats arthritis and gout, and speeds digestion of proteins. It is highly effective in preventing cancer according to new research. It works because sometimes certain spices can cause inflammation or my face will swell or become red. I eat pineapple now to help with that.