What are anti-inflammatory foods?
Anti-inflammatory foods are foods that actively fight inflammation, the immune system’s natural response to an irritant. While inflammation is a normal bodily process, ongoing (or "chronic") inflammation can contribute to disease.
Foods that are considered anti-inflammatory usually contain a significant amount of at least one chemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These include dietary polyphenols, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and, proanthocyanidins, among others.
Fruits, vegetables, grains, spices, and herbs are the foods richest in these properties.
Why does this matter?
Chronic inflammation can increase your risk for a range of different diseases, including:
A diet filled with anti-inflammatory foods can help you fight chronic inflammation and manage the conditions listed above. Our goal in creating this guide was to equip AFPA professionals and their clients with an extensive list of powerful anti-inflammatory foods and how they benefit the body.