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The most powerful way to combat inflammation comes not from a pharmacy store, but from a grocery store. The goal of an anti-inflammatory diet for arthritis is to reduce unnecessary inflammation and the joint degeneration and painfulness. Your immune system becomes activated when any foreign material invades your body with a microbe, plant pollens or chemicals. This triggers an inflammatory response in the body. At times inflammation persists without any foreign attacker that is when inflammation becomes your enemy. Arthritis is one such disease.

Choosing the right type of anti-inflammatory food reduces the risk of arthritis. Unhealthy eating habits also contribute to weight gain, which is a primary risk factor for inflammation.

Foods to avoid:

Refined carbohydrates: you should limit sugar no matter what. With arthritis patients sugars found in candy, soda, ice-cream etc can worsen your arthritis. Avoid foods like white bread and pastries.

Red alert meat: processed red meat like hot dogs, sausages increases arthritis symptoms. Diets heavy in processed red meat have show to increase levels of inflammatory markers.

Faulty fries & other fried foods: Highly fried foods like French fries, fritters, chips etc increases your risk of arthritis contributing to inflammation and risk factors like obesity.

Benefits of anti-inflammatory foods: Beneficial effects such as reducing inflammation in the joints and subsequently prolonged chronic condition of arthritis. Here are some of the sources of anti-inflammatory foods to reduce inflammation.

Go green: rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, leafy vegetables also are a storehouse of antioxidants that fight inflammation like nothing else. Make this a part of your regular diet as juices, smoothies and meal for maximum health benefits.

Right red: tomatoes like leafy vegetables top the list of foods that fight inflammation. It’s a versatile fruit that can be included as an ingredient in anything like salads, salsas or just eaten raw.

Fetch the fish: fishes like mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna are rich source of omega-3 fatty acid, powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients. Incorporating them in the diet shows best results in inflammation reduction.

Nothing like nuts: nuts are your go-to option if you find the fish odour unpleasant. They are rich source of omega-3s and proteins. A handful everyday should suit you well. Almonds and walnuts can be consumed as a healthy snack.

Juicy fruits: strawberries, sweet lime, grapefruit, blueberries, oranges and pineapple are a few fruits for you to eat to reduce inflammation. They are especially rich in ‘Quercetin’.

Cook in olive: the virgin olive oil have the maximum amounts of anti-oxidants. They are great for combating inflammation. This oil fights free radicals that are responsible for arthritis.

Tea dips: green tea also called ‘elixir of life’ is the remedy for belly fat and obesity which is a risk in arthritis. Green tea tackles your inflammation by providing anti-oxidants. 3 cups are sufficient for a day.

Roots out the rheumatoid: ginger the root vegetable is a source of anti-oxidants. It figts all anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial diseases. It’s great for indigestion and joint swelling. Seeping some hot ginger tea works wonders. Eating fresh ginger gives maximum benefits so use it in your food items as a spice and in dips or to a glass to of lemonade.