Health Tips: Foods Helping Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s normal response to injury. While it may be a natural defense system, it can lead to disease development if it becomes chronic. “The inflammation process has one goal: to respond immediately to detect and destroy the toxic material in damaged tissues before it can spread throughout the body,” explained Lauren Whitt, PhD. “The trouble with inflammation occurs when the defense system gets out of control and begins to destroy healthy tissue, causing more damage than the original issue.”

Obesity causes inflammation and can lead to the development of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, according to the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Weight loss is related to reduction of inflammation, and Whitt says the right anti-inflammatory foods are the answer. Try citrus fruits as vitamins C and E are essential antioxidants; dark, leafy greens, which are high in vitamin K; tomatoes, as lycopene is a potent antioxidant; and wild-caught salmon, which contains a rich concentration of omega-3 fatty acids.