Arthritis: 10 Foods To Eat More Of And 5 To Avoid Like The Plague

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Ten Foods that Fight Inflammation

 

1. Tea

Matcha green tea is the most nutrient-rich tea on the planet and comes in a stone ground, unfermented powder. The absolute best Matcha green tea comes from Japan. This green tea has as much as 17 times the antioxidants of blueberries and more than seven times the antioxidant power of dark chocolate. Tulsi, also called holy basil, is another tea that is loaded with micronutrients that support the immune system, and it is full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant power. Try drinking two or more cups of either of these teas each day for a powerful anti-inflammatory punch your body will love.

 

2. Fish

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids prevent inflammation. These vital omega-3 fatty acids can found in oily fish such as salmon, halibut, and anchovies. All fish contain omega-3s but oily, fatty fish have the highest concentration. Unfortunately for vegans, plant sources of omega 3 are simply not as good. The body does not convert the ALA in plants get sufficient amounts of this necessary and healthy essential fatty acid. Take supplements or try eating at least three ounces of fatty fish (or any fish) at least three times each week.

 

3. Garlic

This herb has been used for its medicinal purposes for centuries. It has also been one of the most heavily researched herbs in the world. More than 170 studies show that garlic can help the body on more than 150 different levels. Garlic kills free radicals and is highly anti-inflammatory. It is best consumed raw and slightly crushed, but if you can’t stomach that, add it to your diet any way that you can. You will still get some of the benefits.

 

4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is a huge part of the healthy Mediterranean diet, which has been linked to a reduction in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.  A compound found in olive oil has been shown in studies to stop the production of chemicals that cause inflammation. Although olive oil is not well suited for cooking purposes, it is great as a salad dressing or dip.

 

5. Fermented Vegetables

Optimizing your gut flora is the best way to fight inflammation. When your gut is healthy and balanced, it gives you a properly functioning immune system, which will ward off chronic inflammation. Try to eat as many fermented foods as you can, including pickles, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchee, olives, and miso.

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