Improve your immune system and heal yourself with these TOP 5, tasty, natural anti-inflammatory foods.
Various anti-inflammatory drugs are available on the market, and they promise to calm allergic reactions and ease our pain. Even though they do offer fast relief, long-term use of steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs (like NSAIDs) can have adverse reactions and they can can seriously weaken our immune system.
Fortunately, nature has offered numerous foods with anti-inflammatory properties that are effective and have little or no side effects. In addition, they also taste great. Besides their anti-inflammatory properties, these foods also provide us with essential nutrients which boost our immune system.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Kelp contains fucoidan, which is a complex carbohydrate with various properties. Fucoidan has anti-oxoiative, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties. Several recent studies on fucoidan have found encouraging results regarding the usage of brown algae extract to control lung and liver cancer and also to support collagen synthesis. In addition, kelp also has a high fiber content, and fibers are known to support weight loss and induce fullness. Nonetheless, it is recommended to get organic kelps that are harvested solely from unpolluted sea.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Tumeric is an Asian spice that can be found in pre-blended curry powder. Tumeric contains curcumin, a strong, non-toxic component with anti-inflammatory properties. As a matter of fact, various studies have revealed that the anti-inflammatory properties of tumeric compete with the effects of powerful drugs like Motrin or hydrocortisone, but without any of the adverse reactions associated with these drugs.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Salmon is undoubtedly a great source of EPA and DHA, two powerful Omega-3 fatty acids which are known to reduce inflammation. In addition, it is known that the Omega-3 fatty acids have other health benefits as well: they can prevent some types of cancer and they significantly lower the risks for developing heart disease. Moreover, they also reduce the symptoms associated with various psychological disorders and autoimmune diseases. This is why it is recommended to have two servings of salmon per week. You can also obtain Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil supplements.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Green tea, recognized worldwide for its therapeutic properties, contains powerful flavonoids called catechins. The chief catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, cholesterol lowering, fat burning and other beneficial properties.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Reishi (also knows as Ganoderma Lucidum or Ling Zhi) is from the same family of fungus as Penicillin. Ultimately this natural ingredient will balance your immune system to help it stop attacking your joints by improving the adrenocortical function.
Please note that if you are allergic to any of the foods listed above please do not use them. We know there’s a temptation to ease your joint or other types of arthritis-related pain but consuming food that you are sensitive to will only cause more inflammation.