Any part of the body is susceptible to inflammation. If the inflammation happens in the joints, it is known as arthritis. People normally associate arthritis with the elderly, but maybe it’s not always the case. I have a classmate back in college and we were still in our twenties then, but she was already experiencing an early onset of this inflammatory disease. It was a wake-up call to me. A disease does not wait for a certain age before it occurs.
The good news is that science shows we can actually prevent inflammation before it starts by eating the right kinds of food. And if you find yourself with pain from inflammation you could actually reverse the condition in some instances. Many people rely on drugs like Tylenol, Advil and Aleve when they could possibly get relief from their pain just by eating the right kids of foods.
Although a person may already be feeling the effects of the inflammation such as painful joints, there is a natural way to ease the pain. Vegan food isn’t just healthy for you and delicious, it’s also a great healer. There are many vegan foods that help control inflammation and pain naturally.
This is by eating dark green leafy vegetables which are good sources of vitamin E. As recent studies suggested, vitamin E is responsible for protecting the body against cytokines, the pyro-inflammatory molecules present in our body. Aside from vitamin E, dark green leafy vegetables are good sources of other minerals and nutrients which promote production of good cells. Examples of these are spinach and broccoli. (1)
As a child, tomatoes and peppers were almost always present in our meals. These added a certain kind of flavor to the food we were eating. Back then, I didn’t know that tomatoes and peppers were actually good natural alternatives for reducing inflammation within the body.
According to sources, tomatoes can help in reducing inflammation within the lungs and other parts of the body. This is attributed to its anti-oxidant property.
Peppers have several varieties such as the bell pepper which is rich in antioxidants and the chili pepper which is rich in Capsaicin. Capsaicin is a naturally occurring chemical that is used to treat pain and inflammation and is often part of topical creams. (2)
With so much color and flavor this is a great food to help fight inflammation. You can see how easy it is to help treat your inflammation by simply adding the right kinds of food to your diet.
People are usually wary of the word “fat” because of the connotation that all fat is bad which is not true. There are several types of fat just like there are several classifications of sugar. A former college professor once said in class, “Be wary of sugar, not fat.” The professor said this because of today’s food being laced with hidden sugar that is most likely bad for the body.
An example of a healthy fat is monosaturated fat, which is the classification of olive oil. Olive oil is known for its anti-inflammatory property due to the presence of phenolic compound that contains oleocanthal. To make great use of this special compound, each day, you should take two to three tablespoons of olive oil to alleviate the inflammatory sensations that cause discomfort. Preferably, take the extra virgin olive oil variant because it retains a greater amount of nutrients and minerals than the refined olive oil. (3)
Fruits are delicious and healthy snacks that give our body the necessary vitamins, minerals and other micro and macro nutrients that are needed. Different kinds of fruits have different contributions to the body.
For instance, citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C aids in the synthesis of collagen. With greater synthesis of collagen, the building and reparations of blood vessels are faster as well as the tendons, ligaments and bones. This synthesis is very important for people who have osteoarthritis. The anti-oxidants present in the citrus fruits also aid in fighting inflammation. (4)
Garlic, along with onion, is a staple when cooking. As a child, I often asked my mother why she adds garlic to the meals being prepared. Aren’t the salt, pepper and other condiments enough already? In sincerity, she replied that garlic makes the food taste better.
However, if we eat garlic raw, there is a pungent smell from our mouths. I have seen people eating garlic raw because of its ability to help in lowering the blood pressure. There is also another medical use of garlic which is reducing swollen joints. Garlic is good for reducing inflammation and it is very to find. To minimize the bad breath, you can just use breath strips or chew a mint-flavored bubblegum. (5)