13 Great Anti-Inflammatory Fruits for a Healthier Body

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By Hot Health August 23, 2016 22:00
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13 Great Anti-Inflammatory Fruits for a Healthier Body

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13 Great Anti-Inflammatory Fruits for a Healthier Body

Many of the most damaging and destructive forces in the human body is inflammation. It causes a wide variety of different illnesses, contributes to chronic pain, and speeds up the aging process. Many of the foods that we eat on a daily basis can actually cause or exacerbate inflammation in the body. There is a reason that medicines like ibuprofen work so well on pain—it is an anti-inflammatory, meaning that it eases irritation in the body.

There are more natural ways to combat inflammation, however; ones that often do not require you to take medication in order to fight the pain or to soothe irritation. Incorporating a wide variety of anti-inflammatory foods into your diet can have a similar effect. Here are some of the best anti-inflammatory fruits you should add to your diet:

 

  1. Apricots 

Apricots are not just delicious, they are also high in phytochemicals, especially one called quercetin, which is prodigious when it comes to fighting inflammation in the body. They are very versatile, too. You can eat a raw apricot for breakfast, slice it up and add it to a salad for lunch, and then have it as a side at dinner. They have a long season and are almost always on the shelves.

 

  1. Apples

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a cliché for a reason: it works. Apples are particularly great for the body because of their detoxifying properties, and because of the wide variety of nutrients they contain. Like apricots, apples are very versatile and contain a very high amount of Quercetin, and can be eaten on their own, in a salad, as a dessert, as a side to a meal, etc. Apples also contain a very high amount of Malic Acid, an acid known for its high anti-inflammatory properties.

 

  1. Avocado

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If you haven’t yet discovered the power of avocado, now is the time to start. It is packed with healthy fats, and because it can be used in place of less-healthy fats, to add creaminess to just about anything, it is an ideal choice for your shopping cart. They are delicious, too, and can be used to add flavor to salad, instead of mayo on sandwiches, and to cool off a spicy dish.

 

  1. Berries (Blackberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry)  

Just about any brightly-colored berry is going to be high in antioxidants, but blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are also especially high in the phytonutrients that contribute to a berry’s anti-inflammatory properties. They will wipe out inflammation, as well as fight off toxins and infections in the body—there is just about nothing that these berries cannot do. And because they are an easy snack and have a wide variety of different applications, they are also easy to incorporate into your diet.

 

  1. Cherries (Tart Cherries and Black Cherries)  

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Both sweet and tart cherries alike are going to be rick in the anti-inflammatory benefits that make them an ideal addition to your diet. While most berries contain anthocyanins, cherries, especially of the tart and black varieties are very high in this chemical, which is known for its ability to mitigate inflammation. It’s is closely related to the chemical compounds used in anti-inflammatory medications, but in a much more natural form.

 

  1. Cantaloupe 

Like most of the fruits on this list, cantaloupe is high in phytonutrients, which lend it inflammation-fighting abilities. But that is not all cantaloupe is good for. Because it is high in both vitamin C and A, it is great for the immune system and for eye health. Though it does contain plenty of great nutrients, it is important to note that compared to many of the other fruits on this list, cantaloupe is high in sugar, which may make it not the ideal choice for someone with diabetes.

 

  1. Cucumber

Cucumbers are one of the most underrated foods on this list, despite the fact that they have just about everything going for them. They are delicious, versatile, and can help maintain an alkaline system. Packed with water and antioxidants, there is no end to what they can do, especially when it comes to battling chronic inflammation in the body. Cucumbers will not just hydrate the body, they will help to soothe any irritation, soreness, or swelling it may be experiencing.

 

  1. Kiwi

While kiwi might not be the all-star of all anti-inflammatory foods, it still has plenty of anti-inflammatory properties and, as a bonus, is extremely delicious. They also contain enzymes that break down the proteins that cause inflammation. When combined with other foods from this list, it can aid in battling inflammation, and it can add some sweetness to some of the less-sweet fruits on this list. Add it to smoothies or eat it on its own to get its effects.

 

  1. Lemons and Limes –

Lemons and limes are two of the best fruits for combatting irritation in the body. They are both high in antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals in the body, therefore getting rid of one of the main sources of irritation. Though neither are sweet, they can add refreshing flavor to water or a little acidity to a dish that is too sweet or needs depth of flavor.

 

  1. Oranges –

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Packed with phytonutrients, flavonoids, vitamin C, and antioxidants, oranges have the ability to be both anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting. While citric acid might annoy the stomachs of some people, if your acid reflux is not triggered by eating citrus, start adding an orange to your daily diet. This is one of the only fruits that can be found in grocery stores year-round, so it is always a great option for bolstering your anti-inflammatory diet.

 

  1. Papaya
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Papaya may not be one of the most popular fruits on this list, but it is one of the healthiest. It can be difficult to find in some parts of the world, but if you can find it, put it in your cart. It has unique properties that put it heads and shoulders above most of the other fruits on this list, and while it may not feel as versatile as some of the other fruits you may be more familiar with, it still has plenty to offer.

 

  1. Pumpkin –

One of the biggest benefits of eating pumpkin is that it has a wide variety of different application. It can be both sweet and savory, and can be eaten roasted like other squash, made into soup, or used in sauces or marinades for a unique flavor. Pumpkin is very high in fiber, which makes it just as good for regulating your digestive system as it does for fighting inflammation.

13Pineapple 

Pineapple is by far one of the best anti-inflammatory fruits on this list. It is high in bromelain, an enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Like cantaloupe, it is also high in natural sugars, which means it should be eaten sparingly by those trying to watch their weight or who need to monitor their blood sugar levels, but when combined with other fruits, it mitigates the sourness of citrus and plays off of strawberry nicely.

 

Turning your diet into an anti-inflammatory one is not difficult, especially when you start incorporating the foods on this list. Starting with anti-inflammatory fruits, many of which you may already enjoy, ensures that you will stick to the diet and banish the inflammation that is the root cause of so much pain and so many illnesses in today’s society.

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By Hot Health August 23, 2016 22:00
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