We hear so much today in the news about inflammation and its relationship with disease states in the body. Excessive inflammation has been shown to be related to over 100 diseases. These diseases include Alzheimer’s Disease, various cancers, heart disease, and arthritis. Every day we face various situations and make choices that affect the amount of inflammation our body combats. From excessive stress in personal and professional lives to poor nutrition we find ways to increase the level of inflammation. Let’s look at some potent foods to reverse this process and possibly prevent disease.
Fish oil has been touted as heart healthy and a great anti-inflammatory agent. This data has been well documented and researched. Fish and fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA. These fatty acids are what fight the inflammation in our body. The best fish to eat for these fatty acids are wild Atlantic Salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, cod, striped bass, and tuna. Eating one serving of fish 2-3 times per week can help raise your HDL (good cholesterol) also. Your heart and body will thank you for this. (Pssssit! Our Fish Oil Capsules are on sale…buy 3 and save 35% off each bottle! How about THAT!!!)
Recently, more and more studies are being completed on nuts and their impact on health and inflammation. Nuts are caloric dense and filling. They are featured in many of today’s weight-loss diets. Nut are also high in an Omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha linoleum acid (ALA). ALA has been shown to aid in reducing inflammation and weight loss. Walnuts are considered to be the healthiest for our purposes. Other good choices include flaxseed, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and peanuts. Try adding nuts to your daily diet either in meals or between meals as a snack.
Check back in a few days for the next part of this article. We’ll cover fruits, vegetables, spices, and oils.
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