The best defense against inflammation may be in your kitchen, not in your medicine cabinet

Swelling, redness, pain; the symptoms of inflammation in your joints can be excruciating. But inflammation doesn’t just happen in your joints.

Heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even arthritis; there are many diseases related to chronic inflammation.

“Inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, even Alzheimer’s disease,” said UCF professor Sampath Parthasarathy.

Now researchers say the best medicine may not come from a pharmacy but from your pantry.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, eating a three to four ounce serving of fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel, at least twice a week can reduce inflammation and protect your heart.

So can eat nuts. One study found that over a 15-year period, people who ate the most nuts were 51% less likely to die from an inflammatory disease than those who ate the least.

Some other anti-inflammatory foods include fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges, and cherries; leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens; and foods like tomatoes and olive oil. Olive oil contains a compound that has properties like ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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“We should consider taking some of these things so that we can possibly prevent, we can reduce inflammation, we can prevent many diseases,” said Ajay Goel, director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Research Cancer Prevention at Baylor Scott & White Health. . .

Fried foods, refined carbohydrates, processed meats, and sugary drinks can increase inflammation. A recent study from the University of Kentucky found that people with heart failure who ate a diet high in inflammation-causing foods were twice as likely to end up in hospital or die as those who ate foods. known to reduce inflammation.

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