Nutrition

4 Foods to Include in the Perfect Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Heart disease. Cancer. High blood pressure. Diabetes. Each of these maladies may be caused by increased inflammation in the body; and each of them, if left unchecked, may lead to a host of diseases with debilitating symptoms, including death. There are many lifestyle choices you can make to limit chronic inflammation, from regular exercise to reducing stress, improving nutrition and more. To that end, we’d like to share four foods that may help reduce inflammation in the body.

Spinach

Spinach and other dark, leafy greens like kale are absolutely loaded with antioxidants. In particular, they have strong concentrations of vitamin K, folate and lutein, to name a few. These antioxidants, combined with the other vitamins and minerals in spinach may aid in a host of anti-inflammatory activities, from cognitive decline to bone strength.

Cherries

If we were to assemble an Avengers of antioxidants to fight inflammation, cherries would be our Iron Man (or Captain America, depending on who you think is the true leader of the crew). Cherries are brimming with vitamin C and anthocyanins. Tart cherries, in particular, may lower inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.

Avocados

Once overlooked as simply the glue to great guacamole, the humble, plain avocado is actually a nutritional powerhouse filled with healthy fats, fiber, some protein and a decent amount of vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. The fiber plus the healthy fat make this fruit excellent for your gut health as well as a powerful ally in your fight against inflammation.

Salmon

Wild-caught fatty fish like salmon are high in protein and the all-important omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s, as you probably know, are among the most important nutrients you can ingest. They aid your body in a host of areas, from increasing your energy to improving your immunity to yes, fighting inflammation!

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