Do You Take These 4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Recommended by Dr. Oz?
According to a recent news release by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), believe it or not, one of the important defense mechanisms of the human body toward fighting disease is inflammation. Inflammation is a normal response to injury that not only increases blood flow in response to infection and certain chronic conditions, but also helps the body rid itself of harmful substances.
However, inflammation can occur in a number of ways and if inflammation persists, it loses its benefit to the body and becomes a health hazard.
“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,” says Laurne Whitt Ph.D. a University of Alabama at Birmingham Employee Wellness director and adjunct professor of personal health. “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.”
In fact, inflammation is linked as a leading cause of many diseases of the human body. Health officials warn that chronic inflammation can result in developing cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune-related conditions. More recently, attention toward a major cause of inflammation has focused on the obesity epidemic and the types of foods that people eat.
The good news though is that by simply adjusting our diet to include healthier foods, researchers from UAB say that we can decrease the inflammation within our bodies and decrease the need for taking anti-inflammatory medications. Their advice is on the same track as both Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil who have individually and together promoted for years that the public needs to fight inflammation within the body by eating specific foods.
Examples of the types of foods recommended by Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil for fighting inflammation was provided by the researchers at UAB with the following list of 4 important foods you should be eating on a regular basis:
• Citrus fruits – It’s common knowledge that a citrus fruit such as an orange contains the essential anti-oxidant Vitamin C. However, Dr. Oz points out that one of his superfood choices―Black currants―actually contains five times the vitamin C that oranges do, making it a superb immunity booster and anti-inflammatory food. Furthermore, black currants and other berry-type fruits possess anthocyanosides, which can help improve vision.
• Dark, leafy greens and Red Tomatoes– Dark leafy greens are high in vitamin K, whereas the brilliant red of tomatoes is rich in lycopene—both touted as anti-aging nutrients due to their anti-oxidant properties. Dr. Weil recommends in his anti-inflammatory food pyramid that people should choose fruits and vegetables from all parts of the color spectrum, especially berries, tomatoes, orange and yellow fruits, and dark leafy greens.
• Wild-caught salmon―wild-caught salmon and other types of oily, cold-water fish are known for their rich concentration of omega-3 fatty acids that can soothe inflammation. According to the Dr. Oz Show website anti-aging and anti-inflammatory foods go hand in hand:
“Salmon is among the highest omega-3-containing fish that is a must for healthy skin. As we age, cell turnover slows down, causing an accumulation of rough patches and dry skin; our skin also begins to produce less oil, diminishing our natural glow. Brighten your complexion with omega-3 fatty acids. Try to eat salmon two times per week to bring radiance back to skin.”
According to Dr. Whitt, incorporating these anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is simple if you approach it in a gradual manner.
“Eating to minimize inflammation doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task,” she said. “Take baby steps by incorporating leafy greens into a salad at lunch, or add a piece of whole fruit to your breakfast.”
For an informative and in-depth article about using foods to fight inflammation, follow the link to an article titled “The Top Eleven Anti-Inflammatory Foods and a Diet Plan from Dr. Andrew Weil.”
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Reference: UAB News “Foods can help fight inflammation”