Benefits of an Anti-inflammatory Diet


You may have more power to improve your health than you realize. Health and diet experts, such as Andrew Weil, M.D., believe that a diet rich in whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce inflammation which can cause disease. Although inflammation is part of the body’s healing response, chronic inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease, cancers, and other serious conditions. What triggers chronic inflammation? The usual culprits — stress, smoking, lack of exercise, and a diet high in saturated fat, hydrogenated oils, and refined sugar — are major contributors.

The good news is that a wide variety of foods can help to reduce inflammation and associated health problems. Some of your favorite foods are probably on the list! According to MetabolismAdvice.com, anti-inflammatory foods include apples, avocados, blueberries, strawberries, and other delicious fresh fruits. Good vegetable choices include sweet potatoes and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts. Choose produce in a variety of colors, such as orange, green, blue and red, to ensure a variety of nutrients.

To obtain a variety of nutrients, eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors.

Experts increasingly agree that hydrogenated oils, such as shortening and margarine, should be avoided altogether. Extra virgin olive oil and expeller-pressed canola oil seem to be the healthiest choices for dietary fat. Anti-inflammatory advocates recommend protein from plant sources, such as beans. Oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, are bebeficial in moderation. Incidentally, this type of fish, as well as flax seed oil and hemp seed oil, are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In recent years, omega-3s have received praise for cardiovascular and other health benefits.

Talk to your doctor about the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet. Knowledge is power: find more information at WebMD , MetabolismAdvice.com, and DrWeil.com. Be well and be blessed!

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4 thoughts on “Benefits of an Anti-inflammatory Diet

  1. My bff has Sjogren’s Syndrome. Her doctor recently informed her that it would be indeal for her to start eating healthy, and stressed the need for anti-inflammatory foods. Weeks later, he has seen an improvement in her bloodwork.
    Eating healthy is a no brainer. But, wow…with all these highly processed foods surrounding us, it is easier said than done.

    • Jennifer, glad to read the good news about your friend’s blood work. Making healthy changes can seem overwhelming at first, but even a few small changes at a time make a difference. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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