12 Foods That Prevent Inflammation And Help You To Heal

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4. Ginger

One of the active ingredients in this spice, gingerol, has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. The Journal of Medicinal Food published a study in 2005 which found that ginger influences particular inflammatory processes, which makes it a very effective agent in fighting chronic inflammation. In this study, persons who had rheumatoid or osteoarthritis spoke about a noticeable reduction in pain and swelling, as well as improved joint mobility after regular drinking of ginger tea. Consuming ginger tea two or more times each day ca reduce inflammation significantly. You can also massage affected joints with ginger oil twice per day. Ginger supplements are also available. Consult with your doctor for proper dosage.

Please note that ginger does thin the blood, so speak with your doctor before consuming especially if you are taking blood thinners or any other type of prescription medication.


5. Blueberries

Blueberries contain powerful phytonutrients, like anthocyanins, hydroxybenzoic acid, and hydroxycinnamic acid, along with flavonols, which work as both anti-inflammatory and antioxidants once consumed. Phytonutrients reduce inflammation by increasing the functionality of important nutrients to reach our cells. Regular consumption of these little fruits reduce the risk of developing arthritis, intestinal inflammation and colitis. A simple ½ a cup of blueberries each day is enough to greatly diminish inflammation in the body.


6.  Turmeric

This popular spice commonly used in Indian dishes is well-known for being an inflammation super fighter. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and according to one study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2003, curcumin slows down different molecules, all of which play an important role in developing inflammation. This spice has even been shown to inhibit inflammation in the brain, which is one of the key drivers behind Alzheimer’s disease. Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of milk and drink this each day or consider taking supplements. Supplements should only be taken under your doctor’s supervision.

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