Inflammation is an important part of our body as it assists in the healing process, but too much inflammation can wreak havoc with our insides and lead to all sorts of problems such as acne, autoimmune disease, arthritis and even cancer, according to various studies.
Nutrition is an alternative way to combat this issue, so what are some the easiest anti-inflammatory foods to incorporate into your diet?
This yellow spice is a commonly used ingredient in Indian curries, but it’s also renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest that Turmeric contains compounds that combat swelling and inflammation and contains curcumin, which has been reported to positively assist with arthritis symptoms.
With a relatively versatile flavour, turmeric can be incorporated into most dishes and can even be sprinkled over roast vegetables. It can also be included into a morning smoothie or enjoyed with milk.
A popular spice used in baked goods, cinnamon is said to be the go-to for relieving sugar cravings as it reduces the rise of blood sugar-levels when eating. What’s more, according to various studies, it also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to ease swelling.
So next time you order a latte or coffee, opt for a sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Alternatively you can add a dash to your morning muesli or cereal, or sprinkle it over baked sweet potato for an extra burst of flavour.
Not only are sweet potatoes high in antioxidants and lower in calories than regular potatoes, according to Live Science, due to the colour-pigmented vitamins, they’re high in anti-inflammatory benefits. One sweet potato is reported to contain roughly half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Opt for sweet potato next time your making mash, roasting vegetables, or making homemade fries – you can also incorporate it into your soups.
Ginger is available all year round and is regularly used in Asian dishes to a add flavour. The zesty spice contains a very potent anti-inflammatory compound called gingerols, which scientist claim reduces inflammation and pain levels of people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis who frequently consume the spice.
While ginger is best enjoyed in stir-fry’s, you can also add it to a green juice or smoothie for an extra kick.
Packed full of omega-3, walnuts boast various health benefits. Research also indicates that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and can help to lower the risk of heart disease and arthritis.
According to the Heart Foundation, foods such as oily fish, dark leafy green vegetables, flaxseeds and eggs are among some of the other foods high in omega-3.
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