Inflammation is the body’s way of healing after an infection or injury. However, if it persists, it can be a danger. The direct link between inflammation and heart disease is unclear, but it is known that inflammation can lead to atherosclerosis, which can contribute to the development of heart problems. Through raising awareness of heart disease, we can educate people on preventative action. This article looks at the top foods that can fight inflammation and stop the risk of heart complications arising.
Spinach and kale both contain highly inflammatory properties. This is because they are densely packed with Vitamin E, as well as fatty omega-3 fats. These healthy (i.e. non-saturated) fats along with a variety of vitamins and minerals found in leafy vegetables have known anti-inflammatory qualities. This can reduce the risk of cancer or heart disease. Aim to consume leafy greens with other dark colored vegetables, such as broccoli and brussel sprouts, since these are mostly densely packed anti-inflammatories, meaning even small amounts every day can have a significant positive effect.
When trying to find the perfect anti-inflammation diet, look beyond just fruits and vegetables. The mediterranean is generally considered a good start, with plenty of seafood. As with some leafy vegetables, fish are filled with healthy fats and omega-3, which can greatly reduce inflammation. Healthy fish such as salmon, trout or tuna is full of it. It is essential that you try and incorporate these kinds of fatty acids into your diet because the body can’t make them on its own. If you’re feeling like inflammation is a problem for you, try eating more seafood, with a focus on fish.
The best preventative care against heart disease is to eat plenty of fiber. This can be found in delicious and sweet fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and cherries. This is due to high quantities of an antioxidant known as flavonoids that are found in brightly colored fruits. Find an authentic farmer’s market to purchase the freshest organic produce. This is guaranteed to provide the body with the nutrients it needs to fight unwanted inflammation.
Remember, inflammation is your immune system’s natural response to illness and infection. However, in the long run it can lead to complications that can ultimately cause a stroke or heart disease. In order to maintain the healthy functioning of the heart, eat a balanced diet with plenty of leafy greens, fatty fish and fresh berries.
By Sally Phillips
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