Foods That Heal
Inflammation plays a critical role in maintaining our immune system. While it is one of our body’s natural defenses, it can seriously impact our health if it becomes chronic. One of the ways that you can control inflammation is through the food you eat.
Some foods cause inflammation. A high-carb, low protein diet can lead to inflammation. But, there are loads of foods that help to fight inflammation. Here are 6 foods that fight inflammation, pain & stiffness.
Note: This list of superhero foods has been recommended by the NYU Langone Medical Center.
These little gem foods are delicious. Berries are a great source of antioxidants. It’s this antioxidant compound that gives berries this rich colour. Antioxidants and ellagic acid (also found in berries) are great at fighting inflammation and combating the pain and stiffness that it causes. Berries are very easy to incorporate into your diet. Eat them as is, add them to your cereal, top off yogurt with them or blend them in a smoothie (see our Berry Good Smoothie recipe below).
Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants. Eat an apple by itself as a snack. Eat it with your favorite cheese, or in a salad...creativity is the only limit with this superfood.
It’s not just carrots, but really any orange vegetable like butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are two nutrients that are serious inflammation fighters. Include orange veggies as a side dish with your main meal. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with spices and bake them until soft and slightly brown.