Quashing inflammation is not just about soothing sore joints! Inflammation is linked to ailments that afflict us from head to toe. Look inside for better choices to attack inflammation.

Here are 4 ways to make better choices to reduce inflammation.

  • BLOCK

Antioxidants block free radicals from triggering inflammation. A review published in 2013 reported coconut oil contains antioxidants that have been found to block inflammation. Curcumin, found in turmeric, is used as an Herbal Medicine to help relieve joint pain. Indulge in snacks of nuts or seeds, or nut/seed butters.

  • NOURISH

Minerals, such as magnesium, can be found in nuts and seeds. A magnesium deficiency leads to stress in the body and leads to inflammation. According to a 2015 review in the journal Nutrients, consuming whey protein has anti-inflammatory benefits.

  • MODULATE

Inflammation is controlled by the immune system. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some seeds have a modulating effect on the immune system. Probiotics found in fermented foods do too.

  • CLEANSE

Ditch the foods with colouring, preservatives and added sugar. Eat more chlorophyll instead! According to a study reported in Inflammation, chlorophyll can block the activation of messengers that make inflammation flare up. Don’t stop living life because of pain! Make better choices and reduce inflammation. Visit us in-store and online for more health tips.

Some Quick Tips

  • When choosing foods choose fresh and aim for variety.
  • A rainbow on your plate means a rainbow of antioxidants to shut down inflammation.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant.
  • Arnica gel has been used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve pain and/or inflammation in muscles and joints.
  • Spice it up to fight inflammation. Enjoy more turmeric, ginger and rosemary.
  • Resveratrol provides antioxidants.

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 References
– Chlorophyll, Inflammation, 2012. – Inflammation. 2012 Jun;35(3):959-66.
– Coconut Oil, Inflammation, 2013 – Antiinflamm Antiallergy Agents Med Chem. 2013;12(2):158-64.
– Curcumin, Health Canada Monograph. – http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=74
– Magnesium, Inflammation, 2010. – Magnes Res. 2010 Jun;23(2):73-80.
– Probiotics, Inflammation, 2015. – Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2015 Mar;31(2):153-8 .
– Omega-3 fatty acids, inflammation, 2014. – California Agriculture 65(3):106-111.
– Whey Protein, inflammation, 2015. – Nutrients. 2015 Feb; 7(2): 1131–1143.