It’s no secret that inflammation can cause all sorts of problems, from joint pain to indigestion and even sleep issues. Fortunately, fighting inflammation is as simple as adjusting your diet to incorporate more fruits and vegetables. If you’ve been exploring home garden ideas, or if you just need some extra guidance at the farmer’s market, check out these 5 fruits and vegetables in season that help with inflammation.
Kale - You may know kale as the leafy green that has found its way into everything from salads to smoothies, but kale is more than just a trend. Kale is loaded with antioxidants that neutralize the unstable free radical molecules that harm your cells.
Grapefruit - Grapefruit is high in vitamin-c, which isn’t just good for your immune system, it’s also good for your joints! According to The Arthritis Foundation, vitamin-c helps prevent inflammatory arthritis and maintain healthy joints.
Raisins - Snacking on raisins reduces the inflammation marker TNF-alpha, according to Dr. Jim Painter of Eastern Illinois University. The same chemical found in the skin of grapes that protects the fruit - resveratrol - also protects your body from harmful free radical molecules that can cause inflammation.
Cherries - All berries are good for combating inflammation, but cherries are the real MVPs. They contain high amounts of both anthocyanin 1 and anthocyanin 2, two powerful inflammation-fighting compounds.
Tomatoes - According to a study, tomatoes are the richest source of the inflammation-fighting antioxidant lycopene. Cooked tomatoes are even higher in lycopene than raw tomatoes, so you can enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits by way of tomato soup or tomato sauce as well.
It may seem like you can’t go wrong incorporating more fruits and vegetables in season into your diet, but all bodies and dietary needs are different, and what works for one person may not work for everyone. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.