It is important to avoid foods that cause inflammation, such as soda, refined carbohydrates and processed meats, and choose to eat foods that have anti-inflammatory effects.
Inflammation occurs throughout the body, many important diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s have been linked to chronic inflammation, so specialists consider it important to fight it.
Fruits that reduce inflammation are rich in natural antioxidants and polyphenols, protective substances for the body that are found in foods.
Fruits that reduce inflammation and help prevent disease.
The watermelon contains a source of lycopene, which is responsible for the red colour. It protects the body from free radical damage and is anti-inflammatory.
Studies suggest lycopene may reduce risks of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
Strawberries contain a high level of antioxidants due to their anthocyanins, polyphenols and vitamin C.
According to Spanish Nutrition Federation, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is necessary for immune health and also offers anti-inflammatory benefits.
A single serving of strawberries (150 g) contains 86 mg of vitamin C. This meets your recommended daily intake (75 mg women-90 mg men).
Apples are rich in phytochemicals (quercetin, catechin, chlorogenic acid, anthocyanin) that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Vitamin C also occurs in apples.
Fresh whole apples give the highest amount of benefits. Dehydrating or drying apples removes vitamin C, which is predominantly found in meat. Juice that undergoes filtration and pasteurization removes most of the flavonoids and fibers.
Like strawberries, blueberries also contain a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin (responsible for the blue color) and vitamin C.
This powerful antioxidant can help protect cells against free radical damage and decrease inflammation in the body.
Oranges are known for their vitamin C content and also contain some other vegetable compounds and antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and fight disease.
It contains choline and zeaxanthin, which helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory, transmission of nerve impulses, fat absorption and reduction of chronic inflammation.
Zeaxanthin is a type of carotenoid antioxidant that can reduce inflammation. It benefits heart, liver, skin and eye health.