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Diet & Chronic Inflammation


The effects of diet on chronic inflammation

Diet & Nutrition

Research shows that you can help reduce specific types of pain-and avoid the side effects of drugs – simply by choosing the right foods! Excess inflammation is a major cause of disease in our lives. It is linked to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and even the aging process. This makes reducing inflammation one of the most important ways to promote health and longevity. Diet play a key role in controlling the inflammatory process and everyday food choices can make the difference between health and disease. It’s not complicated, the equation is simple: by avoiding the foods that promote inflammation and consuming the foods that decrease inflammation we can reduce our risk with each meal!

Bing cherries, ginger, avocado oil and soybean oil

A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that men and women who supplemented their diets with Bing cherries (about two cups of cherries throughout the day) had an 18% to 25% drop in C-reative protein, a sign of inflammation. Bing cherries contain flavonoids, plant-based compounds with antioxidant properties that lower inflammation.


Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory agents that can reduce joint pain. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that 63% of people who consumed ginger daily had less knee pain when walking or standing. I recommend one to two teaspoons of ground fresh ginger every day.

Avocado & Soybean Oil

Avocado oil and soybean oil contain avocado soybean unsaponifiables which reduce inflammation and cartilage damage in arthritis patients.

In addition there are many other foods and dietary choices that can help reduce inflammation and its side effects. Read more here:
5 Essential Foods that Reduce Inflammation and Optimize Health