Thursday, 28 May 2015

5 Best Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation is part of the bodies natural response to dealing with an infection or injury.

However when chronic inflammation occurs or the root cause is left un-treated, it can lead to the development of a number of serious health problems such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal, neurological and even auto-immune conditions.

When inflammation is involved it is always wise to assess the function and health of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce the bodies own natural anti-inflammatory steroid hormones such as cortisol.  Foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B5 are a good start for supporting the adrenal glands, as well as reducing stress as much as possible.

There are a number of natural healthy foods, which not only help to reduce inflammation, but help to maintain a healthy inflammatory state within the body.

It doesn’t surprise me that many of these powerful anti-inflammatory foods are also excellent choices to include within any healthy longevity orientated diet.

Scientific research has found that these natural foods to possess many other possible health benefits such as anti-oxidant properties, anti-microbial effect, gastrointestinal support, liver protective, improve metabolic health, support and improve cardiovascular health and maybe even help to prevent the risk of developing certain cancers.

Here are five of my favorite superfoods for tackling inflammation.

5 Potent Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods

1. Blueberries & Other Berries

Blueberries and other berries are packed with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols, which make them the perfect healthy snack for preventing inflammation.   

Research has shown that the polyphenols berries contain exert a number of protective health benefits including potent anti-inflammatory effect. 

Some examples of berries include strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and goji berries. Berries are not only great for reducing inflammation, but they help to improve metabolic health, reduce the risk of certain cancers, boost the immune system and are packed with vitamin C.

Amla also known as Indian Gooseberry is an important fruit in Ayurvedic medicine and is one of natures richest sources of vitamin C.  Studies have shown amla to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties and traditionally is used to support the digestive system, cardiovascular health and to reduce inflammation throughout the body.

2. Turmeric Root

Turmeric is a root, which comes from the Curcuma longa plant and is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric is a spice with a wonderful golden color and is traditionally considered to have many medicinal properties. 
Curcumin is the primary constituent identified in Turmeric and is responsible for the roots rich golden yellow color. Turmeric contains other curcuminoids(demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), as well as volatile oils, which also contribute to the roots medicinally properties.

Many studies confirm Turmerics various health benefits including anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and possibly even anti-cancer/tumor effect. Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long known the importance of Turmeric, for its potent anti-inflammatory and healing properties. 

Research has shown that curcumin has comparable anti-inflammatory effects to the likes of hydro-cortisone and other over-the counter anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the harsh side effects. 

Curcumin X4000 Capsules is my recommended choice of Turmeric supplement, if you wish to use Curcumin medicinally and at therapeutic dosages. Studies have shown that Curcumin X4000 is around 25-45x better absorbed than regular Turmeric extract supplements.

3. Tea (Camellia Sinensis)

Black, green, white and oolong tea are all derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
Tea is an amazing source of polyphenols known as catechins, which studies show to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and possible anti-cancer benefits.

EGCG(Epigallocatechin gallate) is the most well known and studied of these polyphenols, and is considered to be one of the main active components attributed to tea’s many health benefits.

Out of the above choices, i prefer to recommend white tea for a number of reasons. Firstly white tea is a richer source of these anti-oxidant polyphenols, this is because it is the least processed form of tea. White tea also tends to contain lower levels of caffeine, fluoride and aluminum than other tea’s do.

Enjoy 3 or more cups of tea a day to receive the significant protection, that drinking tea has to offer against a variety of health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, inflammatory disorders and possibly even reducing the risk of certain cancers.

4. Sardines

Sardines are absolutely packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA(eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA(docosahexaenoic acid).
These beneficial omega-3 fatty acids play an important role regulating inflammation in the body, as well as being critical for brain and cellular health.

Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t the only inflammation supportive nutrient that sardines contain, these oily fish are an important and rare dietary source of Vitamin D3. Vitamin D is a very important nutrient for maintaining a healthy inflammatory state and supporting proper immune system function.

Sardines are packed with many health promoting nutrients such as protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, omega-3(epa/dha), bio-available calcium and selenium, rna/dna and co-enzyme q10.  

Sardines are the best choice of oily fish because they are low in the food chain and feed solely on plankton. This means that they are low accumulators of toxins such as heavy metals like mercury, compared to other fish such as tuna. Sardines are considered to be a safe choice, which provide a number of health promoting nutrients.

Taking the above into account, sardines are a wonderful choice of food to support cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and aid longevity. Consuming sardines 1-3 times a week, will in most cases eliminate an individuals need to supplement with nutrients such as omega-3, vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium.

5. Serrapeptase "Miracle" Enzyme

Serrapeptase is processed commercially in the laboratory through fermentation. It was originally found in the silkworm where it is naturally present in its intestine. 
Serrapeptase has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can aid post-surgical recovery, reduce swelling, pain and inflammation, promote healthy sinus activity and lung health, useful for fibrocystic breast disease, digests dead tissue, blood clots, cysts, scar tissue and arterial plaques.  

It is vital to make sure that you take Serrapeptase and other proteolytic enzymes on an empty stomach, otherwise they will digest food rather than providing the therapeutic benefits.

I use the strongest Serrapeptase on the market which is the 250,000IU strength and have had many great benefits, not only in regards to reducing chronic inflammation but for reducing scar tissue and stretch marks also. 

For more information on Serrapeptase check out Natu Health Store at – Serrapeptase Enzyme

Always consult a professional before making any dietary or lifestyle changes.

The information in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be used to diagnose, cure or treat any disease, implied or otherwise.

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