Inflammation, both acute and chronic, is the body's natural response to protect itself against harm.
Acute inflammation occurs as your immune system's response to an injury. In this scenario inflammation is essential because without it the injury could become infected and potentially fatal.
On the other hand Chronic inflammation, according to Dr. Nandi, is a serious issue. It develops due to dietary and lifestyle choices, as well as environmental factors. It is a silent killer that contributes to most chronic diseases and it contributes to 7 out of the top 10 causes of death in the US.
Fortunately many studies show that altering your diet can lead to a reduction in chronic inflammation.
Below we've put together a list of the top 7 foods to help reduce chronic inflammation.
Tomatoes are beneficial due in part to high levels of potassium, lycopene, and vitamin C. Lycopene has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory characteristics. (1, 2, 3)
This study looks at recent data on the control of inflammatory signaling exerted by tomato lycopene in isolated cells, in animal models and in clinical trials, focusing on the dose of the carotenoid and the biological environment in which it acts.
Oleocanthal is a naturally occurring chemical found in extra-virgin olive oils. It's a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent. Oleocanthal inhibits activity of cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes, a pharmacological action shared by ibuprofen. The finding is significant because inflammation increasingly is believed to play a key role in a variety of chronic diseases. Source.
Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach:
Spinach has long been known as an anti-inflammatory superfoods as it contains lutein, which is related to vitamin A and beta-carotene.
Raw nuts, such as almonds and walnuts:
Fish with a high fat content, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna:
Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges:
Chaga Mushroom Tea: