The Best Food Choices for an Anti-inflammatory Diet
Chronic inflammation has been associated with a range of conditions, and some evidence indicates lifestyle, and what we eat in particular, may contribute to inflammation. The scientific community agrees that chronic inflammation plays a noticeable role in such diseases as obesity, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and certain cancers.
The Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) are the best choices for an anti-inflammatory diet which includes the following anti-inflammatory foods:
- Fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, kale, berries, red and orange peppers, citrus fruits and winter squash etc.
- Whole grains such as wheat, oats, brown rice, barley, and quinoa.
- Beans such as black, kidney, pinto and other beans are a great source of lean protein.
- Omega-3 fatty acids in fish, nuts (walnuts) and plant oils like flaxseed oil.
- Oils in moderation which include olive oil, safflower or sunflower oil.
- Herbs and spices such as turmeric and ginger are proven to be anti-inflammatory.
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