Foods For the Summer to Help With Inflammation

In the words of a famous chef, Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, live well, and rest well, if one has not dined well”. These are words we should all live by when it comes to eating the proper foods, staying healthy, and in some cases decreasing inflammation in the body. Most healthy foods have other functions in the body than just dieting and losing weight, most help with decreasing the toxins in our body and reducing the inflammatory products that cause digestion issues and swelling. Certain foods have what we call phytochemicals which help the body inhibit the inflammatory cascade and decrease pain. Some of those chemicals include polyphenols, (found in green tea, grapes and berries), carotenoids, (found in sweet potatoes, apricots, and leafy greens), and flavonoids, (found in apples, citrus, soy, and coffee), are three major categories of phytochemicals that inhibit inflammation. 


Polyphenols: Are micronutrients that are found in plant based food that are packed with antioxidants. Polyphenols are usually used in the treatment of digestion issues, diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease, and even neurodegenerative diseases. Ex.) Berries, red wine, apples, and dark chocolate

Flavonoids: These are also a collection of micronutrients found in plant based food packed with antioxidants. Though there is a slight difference, flavonoids are water soluble and work through cell signaling pathways used to fight off free radicals causing oxidative stress and regulate cellular activity. Ex.) Tea, citrus fruits, legumes, dark leafy vegetables, and soy products 

Carotenoids: Are a micronutrient found in plant based food that is best absorbed with fat, meaning they are fat soluble compounds. Most of these foods are best consumed cooked because it increases the strength of the food to help fight cardiovascular disease as well as protecting against free radicals that can cause cancer. Ex.) Sweet potatoes, apricots, pumpkins, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and corn 



Dr. Spencer Corbin

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