5 foods that may help fight inflammation

Help your body defend itself against inflammation.

“Chronic inflammation is at the root of most chronic diseases — including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer,” says Erin Peisach, registered dietitian nutritionist and wellness education specialist with Sharp Rees-Stealy.

While diet can help reduce inflammation, it may also contribute to it. Peisach suggests avoiding or limiting:

  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Fried foods
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Red meat
  • Saturated fat

Try to include more foods, including these delicious options, to help keep inflammation at bay.


Herbs and spices

Garlic, oregano, cinnamon, rosemary, turmeric and cloves are among the many herbs and spices containing powerful antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals and prevent harm to the body.


Extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds

Foods high in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olive oil, nuts and seeds, help reduce inflammation, which lowers the risk of metabolic diseases.


Leafy greens

Spinach, kale, arugula and other leafy green veggies are rich in vitamin K, which suppresses inflammation markers in the body



Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are rich in anthocyanins, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical.


Fatty fish

Eating fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, sardines, anchovies and tuna twice a week provides anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.

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