If you have an inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or vasculitis, you’re likely more than familiar with inflammation and the range of unpleasant symptoms that can come along with it.

Of course, medication and treatments play an important role in treating chronic inflammation but there is something you can do in addition to your usual treatments. That’s right, there are a number of foods that can help in controlling flare ups or even lessening the pain - even if just slightly! [1]

See also: What is Cardiovascular Disease?


What are the best anti-inflammatory foods?


Anti-inflammatory foods aren’t just recommended for helping reduce inflammation, they’re also widely recognised as foods that will help improve your overall well being![2]

If you’re looking to begin an anti-inflammatory diet, these are some of the main anti-inflammatory foods you should pick on your next trip to the grocery store[3]:

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries

See also: What is C-Reactive Protein?


What foods cause inflammation?


While there are foods that can help in reducing inflammation, there are foods that are known to cause inflammation - these consist of refined carbohydrates and red meats and more specifically include [4]:

  • White bread and pastries
  • Fried foods
  • Sugar-sweetened drinks
  • Steaks
  • Burgers
  • Margarine

If you’re curious about inflammation in your body, one of the most popular ways to do this is with a CRP Test. This can be done with your local doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home CRP Test checks for inflammation in your body with online results available within 2-5 days. Our medical team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.

You should consider taking the test if:

  • You are at risk for chronic inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or vasculitis
  • You are at risk for Crohn's disease
  • You are at risk for bowel disorders
  • You are overweight
  • You require a risk assessment for cardiovascular diseases
  • You require a risk assessment for cancers

See also: 10 Simple Tips for a Healthy Heart



References


  1. Harvard Health Publishing. Foods that fight inflammation. Online: Health.harvard.edu, 2018
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help your body fight inflammation. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  3. Harvard Health Publishing. Foods that fight inflammation. Online: Health.harvard.edu, 2018
  4. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help your body fight inflammation. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019