What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s response to an infection or injury. Lead by your immune system, the process of mending and repairing begins in your body with various biochemicals and white bloods cells fighting the source of the condition.
Research has shown that acute and chronic inflammation is a source of many major diseases and health issues. (1) Food is believed to be a common contributor of inflammation, therefore a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods, consisting of bioactive compounds, will decrease the effects and may reduce or even reverse the symptoms it causes.
The following foods are high in anti-inflammatory compounds:
Berries are rich in fibre, antioxidants and nutrients including Vitamin C, K, B6, copper, potassium, folate and manganese. The antioxidants in berries are known to reduce inflammation and accelerate the clearing out of toxins and damaged cells, whilst promoting a healthy immune system aiding in weight loss and increased metabolism.
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Green leafy vegetables are high in folate, which is essential for the synthesis of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of satisfaction, pleasure and calm. They contain immune strengthening antioxidants and an abundance of polyphenols that help to clear out oxidants from out cells and they're reduce cellular damage.
Green tea contains active polyphenols which induce autophagy, a process which occurs in the body where damaged cells are removed to be replaced by new healthy ones. As a whole, naturally occurring antioxidants in teas influence autophagy by reducing inflammation. They also enhance weight loss by promoting fat burning, accelerating metabolism and improving immune system.
Flaxseed oil is one of the richest plant based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They contain anti-inflammatory polyphenols known as lignans. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, flaxseed oil benefits your immune system and metabolism, whilst aiding weight control and digestive health.
Teodoro A. J. (2019). Bioactive Compounds of Food: Their Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases. Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, 2019, 3765986. doi:10.1155/2019/3765986