Top 20 Herbs and Foods to Beat Inflammation Once and for All!

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6. Seaweed

You might make a face at the thought of this, but the truth is that seaweed is some of the most nutrient dense food anywhere on the planet. Seaweed is full of alkaline minerals which help to reduce inflammation by alkalizing the body. Seaweed is also a great way to balance hormones and is a powerful detoxing agent. If the thought of eating sea vegetables is too gross, take supplements.

 

7.  Coconuts and/or Coconut Oil

Both fresh coconuts and coconut oil contain medium chain triglycerides, which is what gives these foods their super anti-inflammatory capabilities. The lauric acid and caprylic acid are anti-microbial as well, which will further reduce inflammation. Coconut oil can be used topically as well as be consumed to help reduce inflammation. Use it in your morning coffee and then spread some coconut oil on your face to help stop acne.

 

8. Dark Green Vegetables

We are back to green, friends! Vegetables that have dark green colors, such as broccoli, celery, zucchini, and cucumbers, all have powerful alkalizing effects on the body. If possible, eat these veggies as raw as possible to get all the inflammation fighting power that you can. Juice them, add them to green smoothies, or just lightly steam them to capitalize on their inflammation fighting power.

 

9. Berries

All berries, no matter which ones you prefer, are loaded with powerful antioxidants. You want as many antioxidants as you can get as these little powerhouses work overtime to protect you from those damaging free radicals. So eat plenty of whatever is in season: blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, or even cherries, to get your share of antioxidant goodness in every little bite.

 

SEE ALSO: 12 Super Foods that Combat Inflammation

 

10.  Asian Mushrooms

Mushrooms from Asia including maitake, oyster, Cordyceps, Shiitake, lobster, reishi, and Portobello mushrooms are all immune system boosters that are unlike anything else on the planet. This will help to slow down cell damage and thereby reduce the inflammation response by your immune system. These mushrooms have so much more to offer us also including protection from many different types of chronic diseases, including cancer. You can’t go wrong by adding some of these types of mushrooms to your salad or eggs every single day.

Besides adding these foods to your diet, be sure to stay away from foods that increase inflammation including wheat, processed foods, junk foods, and sugar.

As always, if you are pregnant, nursing, or are trying to become pregnant, or if you are taking any type of prescription medication, always consult your doctor before beginning any herbal or supplement program. Although most herbs and foods are safe for most people, there can be serious drug interactions or other types of problems for some people. Please consult with your doctor and discuss all of your health options.

References:

Sciencedirect.com

Onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Journals.cambridge.org

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