Fight Inflammation with These Foods
The growing prevalence of a variety of ailments such as cardiac disease, diabetes, arthritis, etc. are mainly because of an increased internal inflammatory environment, which could be a result of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is a point at which the generation of free radicals (due to stress, pollution, poor lifestyle, etc.) outnumbers the body’s defense system making it more susceptible to diseases and infections. But luckily you can enhance your antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defense system just by eating some of these foods.
What Fights Inflammation
- The presence of probiotic bacteria such as lactobacilli and bit idobacterium in your gut is a sign of immunity. These bacteria found in most fermented dairy items such as curd and yoghurts improve gut health and hence immunity.
- Carotenoids such as beta carotene (carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, and dark green leafy veggies), lutein (spinach, kale, eggs) and lycopene (tomatoes, watermelon) act as antioxidants that scavenge free radicals and boost immunity.
- Soluble dietary fibre as present in (peas, beans, fruits, and oats) and insoluble fibre (wheat bran, vegetables, fruit skins) contributes to a reduction in the risk of certain cancers, heart diseases as well as diabetes.
- Omega 3 fatty acids present in salmon, tuna, fish oils, walnuts, and flaxseeds are responsible to produce compounds that are anti-inflammatory in nature.
- Monounsaturated fatty acids found in tree nuts, olive oil, and canola oil plays an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease through its anti-inflammatory action.
- The different types of flavonoids identified are as follows:
- Catechins commonly found in green tea and cocoa is a potent antioxidant.
- Isothiocyanates present in cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli is an important detoxification agent for undesirable compounds.
- Spices such as turmeric rich in curcumin, cinnamon rich in cinnamaldehyde, garlic, and ginger, rich in allicin compounds are all anti-inflammatory in nature and have been reported to reduce the risk of heart diseases, urinary tract infections and diabetes.
Monounsaturated fatty acids found in tree nuts, olive oil, and canola oil plays an important role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease through its anti-inflammatory action
Make sure you add all of these foods in your daily eating regime to keep oxidative stress at bay and diseases away?