The following foods, rich in anti-inflammatory properties, may be incorporated as part of a diet to fight inflammation:
- Berries: Rich in antioxidants, berries can ward off free radicals.
- Cherries: Tart cherries, in particular, are known for their anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Walnuts: While all nuts tend to have anti-inflammatory properties, walnuts are especially adept at reducing inflammation because of their natural levels of antioxidants and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
- Meats and legumes: Protein-rich foods like skinless chicken, turkey and salmon have anti-inflammatory properties, as do legumes like pinto beans, black beans and red beans.
- Fermented foods: Foods like sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kefir, kimchi and sourdough bread provide plenty of anti-inflammatory power.
- Herbs and spices: Add a punch of flavor to your meals with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices such as basil, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, mint, oregano, thyme, turmeric, curry and cloves.
- Sweet potatoes: These bright orange taters taste sweet, but they are tough on inflammation.
- Certain beverages: Water, kombucha tea, red wine (1-2 servings a day), green tea (hot or iced), low-fat milk, fruit juice (1 serving a day) and low-sodium vegetable juices are all anti-inflammatory beverages.