|Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or illness, usually accompanied by fever and pain or tenderness. However, too much inflammation can also be dangerous to health – especially if affects certain areas like the airways or blood vessels. In fact, even low-level systemic inflammation found in the older population can be associated with the development and progression of chronic diseases like heart and liver disease. |
If you want to avoid the negative effects of prolonged inflammation in the body, take note of these seven foods that have been scientifically proven to fight inflammation.
1 – Carissa Carandas
The fruit-bearing plant Carissa carandas has been used for its medicinal properties in treating various conditions, such as diarrhea, fever, and mouth ulcers. It’s rich in steroids, terpenes, tannins, flavonoids, and other substances that can help fight inflammation. Based on the results of a 2014 study, the dried fruit of the Carissa carandas plant can be taken as a food supplement to help fight inflammation.
2 – Rosemary
Rosemary is one of the many herbs that have antibacterial and antioxidant properties (because of rosemarinic acid). Hand-in-hand with those properties, rosemary is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. A 2007 on the effects of rosemary showed that the extracts from the herb could be used to relieve inflammation, and even prevent the formation of tumors.
3 – Black Garlic
Garlic has been proven time and time again to be food for the body – usually by improving cardiac health. But what kind of garlic? A study on aged black garlic revealed its potent anti-inflammatory effects, inhibiting activation of inflammation-causing substances in the body and decreasing their levels in the body.
4 – Senna
Senna is popularly known for its laxative properties, used in conditions that affect that gastrointestinal tract like constipation. In traditional Mexican folk medicine, Senna – called saalche – is used to heal wounds and skin infections, manage irregular menstruation, and fight inflammation. Susunaga-Notario, et. al. (2014) discovered that the chloroform extract of the Senna villosa plant was most potent in reducing ear edema and inflammation.
5 – Pepper
The oil from the fruits of the African pepper have been long used as flavoring for soup, but it has also showed promising chemopreventive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties in a study by Woguem, et. al. in 2014. The hot pepper oil is turning out to be a real all-arounder.
6 – Mushrooms
A favorite addition to soup, stir fry, and pasta has shown very potent anti-inflammatory activity when kept in their raw forms. A study by Gunawardena in 2014 revealed that White Button, Honey Brown, Shiitake, Enoki, and Oyster mushrooms were all promising on the anti-inflammatory front, inhibiting nitric oxide production, but whose properties were lost during heating and cooking. 
7 – Turmeric
Curcumin is a potent substance found in Turmeric, able to inhibit the production of tumor necrosis factors and interleukins responsible for systemic inflammation found in cases of sepsis. Five active curcumin compounds were studied in 2014 by Zhang, et. al., revealing the ability of curcumin to fight acute inflammatory diseases.