5 Foods With Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Posted on May 12th, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group


For those of us that suffer from arthritis or other forms of joint pain, we know that inflammation makes our lives miserable. It is a necessary part of our body’s immune system, but too much of it can lead to pain and discomfort. Relief is available in the form of medication, but our diets can also provide help.

If reducing inflammation is your goal, make sure to eat more of these five types of foods:

Fatty Fish

Some types of fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have proven to reduce inflammation as well as lower your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Leafy Greens

Your mom was right when she told you to eat more vegetables, particularly the dark, leafy kind like spinach, kale, and collard greens. These foods are all rich in vitamin E, a nutrient that helps defend against cytokines – a pro-inflammatory molecule.

Olive Oil

Olive oil (especially extra virgin) is one of the healthiest fat sources known to man and a key staple in the Mediterranean diet. It contains high levels of oleocanthal, which has been shown to have effects similar to NSAIDs.

Nuts & Seeds

Walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds all contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Cherries & Berries

We know that fruit is good for us, so it is no surprise to see it on this list. Cherries and blueberries in particular are two of the fruits most effective at fighting inflammation.

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