In the fight with chronic pain, we often say that we have tried everything. I recently heard an interview with a health guru who said that most of the people who say they have tried everything have not actually tried to include a regimen of anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, beyond over the counter NSAIDs. I instantly knew that I had been guilty of that very thing, and I still let my use of anti-inflammatory foods drift to the wayside from time to time. In an effort to help chronic pain sufferers, we have put together a list of common anti-inflammatory foods and spices that can help to combat inflammation. Most of these items you may already have on hand. Here is or list of the best anti-inflammatory foods.
This tea has become popular since it has become available in the US in the last few years. The rich polyphenol content of the tea has anti-inflammatory properties. Rooibos tea also boost the immune system which is a preventative step in avoiding inflammation in the body. You can read more about the health benefits of Rooibos tea HERE.
Turmeric is a rhizome (like ginger) and has loads of medicinal properties. Turmeric has a polyphenol called curcumin that has been found to be a more potent anti-inflammatory compound than aspirin or ibuprofen. Turmeric also helps to ease inflammation in the digestive system. You can read more about turmeric HERE.
Fresh garlic blocks the enzymes that allow bacterial and viral infections to take ahold of the body, and, in this way, can be an important tool in preventing inflammation. However, aged garlic supplements contain a unique mix of compounds that can both boost the body’s ability to fight inflammation and reduce chronic inflammation. To Read more about the health benefits of garlic click HERE.
Hemp seeds are an amazing source of Omega fatty acids and complete protein. They also are a rich source of polyphenols that are great at reducing inflammation in the body. To find out more about the benefit of hemp seeds click HERE.
Chia seeds have a wonderful blend of essential fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), antioxidants, vitamins, & minerals. Chia seeds are great at reducing inflammation, even in those chronically inflamed places. Read more about their health benefits HERE.
Flax sees are a great source of amino acids, including omega 3 & 6. Flax has a general anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property, and is very useful to relieve cardiovascular inflammation. However, flax does not only relieve cardiovascular inflammation, but is useful for all types of inflammation. To read more about the health benefits of flax seeds click HERE.
Ginger is a medicinal power house. It boosts the immune system, and it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger actually inhibits the body’s production of proteins that can cause inflammation and can therefore help chronic inflammation. For ideas of how to use ginger, and more information on its benefits, click HERE.
Oats are rich in polyphenols that are great at reducing inflammation. Oats are especially good at relieving inflammation related to skin irritation and itching, which is why you often see them in soaps and lotions. To read more about the benefits of oats click HERE.
Cocoa and dark chocolate contain a high concentration of flavanols that limit the production of pro-inflammatory proteins in the body. Flavanols are especially useful in reducing cardiovascular inflammation.
a diet rich in virgin coconut oil (VCO) can help to keep inflammation down in your body. The use of VCO in combination with Curcumin (found in turmeric) is even more effective at treating Inflammation. VCO is especially useful in treating inflammation related to skin abrasions. Read more about coconut oil HERE.
Green tea is loaded with polyphenols that are known to reduce inflammation. Green tea also is high in antioxidants and can improve brain function.