Whether it’s an injury, a virus, ongoing stress, poor diet, pollution, or more, inflammation is your body’s natural immune response to help battle the infection or internal threat. However, when inflammation rages out of control, your entire body is bound to suffer. Check out @functional.foods list of top anti-inflammatory superfoods to help keep your health in check! 🙌🏽
Kale: rich in carotenoids (beta-carotene [pro-vitamin A], lutein, and zeaxanthin [antioxidants for eye health]), vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, bioavailable calcium, non-heme iron, quercetin (mast cell stabilization), and kaempferol. Rich in glucosinolates ➡️ isothiocyanates (inducers of phase II liver detoxification and activate Nrf2 pathways which enhance ability to buffer oxidative stress). Anti-inflammatory via NF-kB pathway and induce apoptosis of diseased cells via p52 gene expression.
Blueberries: rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, copper, anthocyanins, quercetin, and resveratrol (antioxidant). Also low fructose and low glycemic. Fibrous skin. Berries improve cardiovascular support (via reduced vascular inflammation), insulin sensitivity, and cognitive function (via increased nitric oxide production).
Ginger: anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, carminative, stomachic, expectorant, antitussive, enhances digestive enzyme activity, helps regulate blood sugar, and anti-cancer (via 6-gingerol induction of p53 gene expression).
Sardines: high in anti-inflammatory long chain omega-3 EPA and DHA fats for brain health and cardiovascular support, high protein, rich in B12, selenium, vitamin D, phosphorus, calcium, and lowest in mercury (0.013 ppm) of all fatty fish.
Avocado: high in healthy monounsaturated fat, low sugar fruit, and rich in potassium + fiber. Also a source of vitamin K, folate, magnesium, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
Pumpkin seeds: alkaline-forming, high in protein, and rich in zinc, lignans, and phytosterols. Naturally anti-inflammatory and has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural parasite killer.