12 Foods That Prevent Inflammation And Help You To Heal

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With all the recent talk about inflammation, you would imagine it to be the Terminator of the body.  However, inflammation is a natural part of your body’s natural immune system response which immediately sends out word that there has been an injury to the body. Inflammation sounds the alarm so that your body can send white blood cells to the necessary area to heal wounds, stop infections, and heal tissue damage.

The problem with inflammation is that sometimes, it doesn’t know when to stop. Chronic inflammation causes a wide variety of health problems including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer. The key to reducing inflammation in your body begins with your diet.

There are numerous foods which prevent and even stop inflammation so that you can avoid common health problems. Symptoms of chronic inflammation are frequent headaches, loss of appetite, muscle stiffness, loss of energy, chills, fever, and persistent diarrhea.

If you want to avoid most of the health problems that are associated with chronic inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, IBD, hay fever, celiac disease, periodontitis, acne, asthma, atherosclerosis, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and cancer, then you need to change your diet to get your inflammation under control.

Keep reading and find out the best 12 foods you should be eating more of every day.


1.  Shiitake Mushrooms

These types of mushrooms contain powerful compounds, such as ergothioneine, which inhibit oxidative stress and inflammation. They also have some unique nutrients that most Americans do not get enough of in their regular diet.  One of these nutrients is copper, which is one of the few metallic elements which are essential to our health. Your body cannot synthesize copper, so you must get it from your food. A deficiency in copper can also be a factor in the development of heart disease, along with inflammation.


2.  Olive Oil

This oil can offer you terrific protection from inflammation due to its highly beneficial compounds, one of which is oleocanthal.  Current Pharmaceutical Design published a study in 2011 which showed that extra virgin olive oil prevents the body from making COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, which trigger inflammation. Always opt for extra virgin olive oil.  This type of olive oil can reduce the overall risk of developing diabetes or degenerative joint disease which gets its start through chronic inflammation.  Warm some olive oil for use as a massage oil to help stop the pain and swelling of arthritis. You can add some essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, to olive oil to add extra inflammation fighting power!


3.  Tea

Although all types of herbal teas have their benefits, matcha green tea and tulsi are both loaded with healthy anti-inflammatory antioxidants that support the immune system and healthy heart function. Matcha green tea from Japan has as much as 17 times the antioxidant power of blueberries and more than 7 times the power of dark chocolate. Tulsi (sometimes called holy basil) also has tons of antioxidant power, as well as micronutrients that support proper function of the immune system.

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