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6 Natural Remedies to Reduce Inflammation

6 Natural Remedies to Reduce Inflammation

Your body's immune system is activated when it recognizes anything foreign, like disease causing microorganisms, irritants, bacteria, damaged cells or any other chemicals, which in turn triggers a process called inflammation.
HolisticZine Staff
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2018
Inflammation is a reaction during an infection, injury or illness. It leads to redness, swelling, heat, fatigue, rash, fever, chest and joint pain.
Several nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are available in the market and we incline towards these to alleviate the pain caused by inflammation. Now one of the most effective solutions to reduce inflammation can be picked from your grocery store. Studies have shown some common foods and beverages possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation
Chyawanprash
Chyawanprash, an Ayurvedic superfood is abundant in flavonoids and antioxidants. It is made up of 35 distinct herbs, with Amla (Indian Gooseberry) as its base ingredient. The antioxidants present in Amla reduce the acidic levels in the stomach. Another ingredient, honey is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
The Chyawanprash ingredient, neem leaves has been used in Ayurveda to treat inflammatory skin conditions, muscle aches and joint pains. The Holy Basil leaves act as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents therefore prove to be effective against arthritis, diabetes and high cholesterol.
The licorice roots help combat inflammation caused due to cold, cough and mouth ulcers. The flavonoids present in Chyawanprash prevent the overstimulation of the immune system, caused due to unwanted immune responses. It is also a great help in fighting other allergies.
Leafy Greens
Fresh Spinach
Leafy greens which contain alpha-linolenic acid and Omega-3 fatty acids, help reduce inflammation. Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, in green vegetables have anti-inflammatory properties, useful to reduce chronic inflammation.
Pairing greens with olive oil, which also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, has proven to be of utmost benefit, as presence of oil helps more absorption of nutrients.
Fruits
Fresh Organic Produce Outdoors
Fruits packed with antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. Cherries and blueberries are the most effective fruits that help ease inflammation.
The antioxidants present in fruits help fight off the free radicals responsible for cellular damage. 1½ - 2 cups of fruits per meal can be highly beneficial and ease inflammation to a great extent. Colorful fruits like blueberries, tomatoes, blackberries, strawberries, oranges, apples, raspberries, are some of the best sources of antioxidants.
Fatty Fish
When it comes to a healthy diet, red meat has a bad reputation for a reason. It is loaded with cholesterol and salt, which triggers inflammation. To increase the protein content in your diet, switch to fish – like salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, halibut and bass which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation.
Salmon Sashimi
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help lower the risk of heart diseases and arthritis. Aim for 2 – 3 servings of fish every week. These have monounsaturated fats which help lower the cholesterol levels.
Nuts
dry fruit
Nuts like walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Almonds rich in Vitamin E help in neutralizing the free radicals that trigger inflammation. Magnesium in walnuts helps in the reduction of inflammation.
Dark Chocolate
Who wouldn’t like the possibility of chocolate in their diet? Turns out dark chocolate (60% or higher cocoa content) is rich in antioxidants, which help ease inflammation, lowers blood sugar and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Now, that’s our kind of a healthy diet.
Other foods that help reduce inflammation are
  • Coffee, rich in polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory compounds
  • Onions, a great antioxidant
  • Beans, high fiber food
  • Avocados, rich in vitamin E and monosaturated fats
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for entertainment and reference purposes only, and is not meant to serve as actual medical information. For advice about any of the illnesses listed, please visit a qualified physician.