Beat inflammation, the greengrocer's way
By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach
There's a lot more talk these days about inflammation and how it affects the body over and above painful joints. Inflammation long associated with allergic conditions, such as asthma, arthritis and Crohn's disease is now recognised as the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases according to researchers at the Centre for Integrative Medicine. Researchers today now associate Alzheimer's disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson's disease with chronic inflammation in the body and diet ( I should say, a poor diet) contributes greatly to inflammation. There is also some evidence to suggest that chronic inflammation may be associated with depression and a more recent study has emerged which suggests that inflammation has a significant effect on bone density.
The foods listed in the table above are not the only sources of these anti-inflammatory compounds but they are some of the best sources which, you can see when you scan down the list, are mostly available from your local greengrocer. It's an old story told a different way: A fresh natural diet is loaded in micronutrients; which are the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that your body responds positively to.
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