Foods that Help Fight Inflammation


Inflammation is the natural response of the body to any type of injury that can lead to chronic diseases. It is a natural defense but when it is left unabated it can cause a lot of health issues. The problem with inflammation is that it can get out of hand and destroy healthy tissues. One way to fight inflammation is through food. Here are some of the foods that can help you fight inflammation.

Foods that Fight Inflammation

Whole grains

Whole grains are foods that have not been refined or processed. Good examples are rolled oats, brown rice and whole-wheat breads or pasta. Processed or refined foods can cause inflammation. In contrast, whole grains can reduce the levels of C-reactive proteins which indicate that the body is inflamed as it is detected through the blood. Eat whole grains, make sure try to read the labels and be wary of added sugars.

Leafy vegetables

Vitamin E is known to be an important nutrient in helping the body to become less inflamed. Vitamin E boosts the ability of cytokines to help the body resist inflammation. Cytokines are normally found in green leafy vegetables. Dark green vegetables also have high concentrations of iron, calcium and other phytochemicals that can help the body fight inflammation and certain diseases.

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Another rich source of anti-inflammatory nutrients is nuts. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are rich in fiber and calcium plus vitamin E. Nuts also have high levels of alpha-linolenic acid which is another type of Omega 3 fatty acid that can help the body repel and repair the effects of inflammation. Nuts are central part of the Mediterranean diet which is known to be effective against inflammation. You can also try MUFA recipes for good fatty acids.


Juicy red tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a phytochemical that have been shown to be effective against inflammation. Lycopene can also protect the body against certain cancers. The caveat is that you need to eat processed tomatoes in order to unleash the lycopene. An Iranian study showed that tomato juice consumption can increase the levels of lycopene.

Inflammation can be good as long as it is controlled. You can control it through food. It is best to consult a physician if the inflammation has been persistent as it may be an indication of a far worse condition.

Learn more about foods that fight inflammation and other symptoms of anxiety by checking out Calm Clinic‘s Youtube account.

    • Vaughn Ripley
    • September 8, 2013

    Great article and info! As a hemophiliac, I can really appreciate this! Thanks for sharing!!!

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