Thursday 27 October 2016

Reducing inflammation

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Ripe mangoes - full of nutrients
Ripe mangoes - full of nutrients

The word inflammation comes from the Latin "inflammo", meaning "I set alight, I ignite". People who suffer from various types of arthritis would say the description captures the discomfort they endure.

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Nutritionists are now suggesting that some foods, along with medication, can help reduce inflammation. They include:

Lentils, chickpeas, peas and beans are protein and fibre-rich. Adding legume to dips, salads, main dishes or soups.

Mangos are full of nutrients. One study conducted in 2013 found that compounds in mangos called polyphenols might inhibit the inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.

Turmeric - the golden spice has long been a staple of Indian cuisine. A compound found in turmeric called curcumin may be the source of its medicinal effects as well as a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Add tumeric to your next curry or use on chicken or fish before grilling.

Ginger- one study compared the effects of ginger extract to placebo in patients with osteoarthritis. The ginger helped reduce pain and stiffness in joints by 40pc over the placebo.

Leafy greens - diets rich in leafy greens are associated with lower rates of certain cancers, heart disease, and other inflammation-related diseases. Kale, spinach, watercress, collard greens and broccoli are also some of the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat.

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