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Twenty foods that heal chronic inflammation

Updated on October 18, 2013

Super Anti-inflammatories

Chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of serious diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. While it would be impossible to avoid being exposed to factors that are inflammatory to the body, adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet is a simple way to tamp down the fires of chronic inflammation and tip the scales in your favor. Here are twenty foods that are strongly anti-inflammatory. Adding even one of these foods to your daily diet can have a profound affect on your health.

Acerola Cherry

Tart cherry juice is particularly helpful for arthritis
Tart cherry juice is particularly helpful for arthritis

Almonds and Almond Butter

Almonds are an easy snack on the go.
Almonds are an easy snack on the go.

Anchovies

Make homemade Caesar salad dressing with canned anchovies
Make homemade Caesar salad dressing with canned anchovies

Atlantic Herring

Fresh is best - ask for herring at your local sushi bar.
Fresh is best - ask for herring at your local sushi bar.

Caviar

Serve this salty treat very cold and eat like a king.
Serve this salty treat very cold and eat like a king.

Cayenne Pepper

Even if you don't like spicy food, a little goes a long way. Use a small amount of cayenne to enhance the natural flavor of food.
Even if you don't like spicy food, a little goes a long way. Use a small amount of cayenne to enhance the natural flavor of food.

Collards

Super-charge a green smoothie with collard greens.
Super-charge a green smoothie with collard greens.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil should be a staple in every health-conscious kitchen.
Olive oil should be a staple in every health-conscious kitchen.

Garlic

Raw garlic is best, and yummy in a simple salad dressing.
Raw garlic is best, and yummy in a simple salad dressing.

Ginger

For those that don't care for the taste of ginger supplements in powdered form are available.
For those that don't care for the taste of ginger supplements in powdered form are available.

Green Tea

Quality counts - spend a little extra for a high quality green tea.
Quality counts - spend a little extra for a high quality green tea.

Halibut

No, she ain't pretty, but halibut packs a big anti-inflammatory punch.
No, she ain't pretty, but halibut packs a big anti-inflammatory punch.

Kale

Say goodbye to fried potato chips and bake your own kale chips.
Say goodbye to fried potato chips and bake your own kale chips.

Mackerel

Top crusty bread with mackerel in tomato sauce for a tasty treat.
Top crusty bread with mackerel in tomato sauce for a tasty treat.

Onions

Onions are extremely versatile, just chew a few sprigs of parsley after eating to avoid the dreaded onion breath.
Onions are extremely versatile, just chew a few sprigs of parsley after eating to avoid the dreaded onion breath.

Oysters

Once considered a food for the poor, oysters have come up in the world.
Once considered a food for the poor, oysters have come up in the world.

Rainbow Trout

This fish can be found in most grocery stores.
This fish can be found in most grocery stores.

Sweet Potato

Replace your boring baked white potato for yummy sweet potato.
Replace your boring baked white potato for yummy sweet potato.

Turmeric

This spice is a component of curry and can be found in tablet form.
This spice is a component of curry and can be found in tablet form.

Wild Caught Salmon

"Wild caught" is the operative term - wild caught salmon is  far more anti-inflammatory than farm raised.
"Wild caught" is the operative term - wild caught salmon is far more anti-inflammatory than farm raised.

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