I’ve talked a little about anti-inflammatory foods lately and I wanted to continue this topic by suggesting some of my favourite anti-inflammatory foods you can eat pretty much all year round.
- Avocados – this food is so versatile you can make pies, ice cream, puddings, brownies and so much more out of it. It is high in glutathione which is a great liver detoxifier and helps with immune balancing and anti-aging.
- Artichokes – you can buy these either pre-cooked (but make sure you purchase these in a glass jar in water (not canola oil) not plastic or you can cook from scratch. These veggies are high in fibre (and a great weight loss food) and they are particularly anti-inflammatory (so great for hormone balancing as its wonderful for helping the liver detoxify excess hormones)
- Wild/Organic seafood – think salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, anchovies – small fish which are low in toxins. These particular fish are very high in EPA an anti-inflammatory Omega 3 which essentially switches off the pain response.
- Shitake mushrooms (and other medicinal mushrooms) – these are high in polyphenols which aid in detoxification and they are also great for balancing your immune system, are anti-viral, anti-cancer and and liver fortifying (again great for excess hormone removal).
- Garlic, onions, leeks – a perfect anti-microbial which helps kill off any yeast in the body. Simply add to dishes to flavour or roast and enjoy every day.
- Berries (best when eaten in season and preferably local). When out of season choose frozen organic berries to ensure there are no xenoestrogens present. “Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and tart cherries contain a class of antioxidants known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in plants and fruits, and protect the watery portions of our cells. One of the subclasses of flavonoids is referred to as anthocyanins, which are mainly found in berries. Fruits containing anthocyanins possess anti-inflammatory activity” PennState Extention
- Turmeric – probably one of the most well known and effective anti-inflammatory foods. The active part of turmeric, curcumin, is what gives us that inflammatory control. If using raw turmeric add it to smoothies, indian dishes or juices. If using it in supplement form look for 95% curcumin and take with food (or as directed on the manufacturers instructions)
There are of course many other foods that are absolutely delicious, nutritious and anti-inflammatory, these are just some of my absolute favourites.
Do you have any other favourite anti-inflammatory foods? Leave me a comment and let me know why you love them.
To see some of my favourite anti-inflammatory recipes visit my Pinterest page here.
Maggie Chilton (BA Hons), RHN