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April 7, 2020 •

Dr. Ann’s List of Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the surest ways to guard and protect your health and vitality. Thankfully, there is a long, delicious list of inflammation-busting foods on the menu. Foods are in no particular order.

  • All dark leafy greens – dark lettuce greens, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc.
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes, tomato paste
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Cruciferous family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, watercress, broccoli rabe)
  • Asparagus, red/orange/yellow bell peppers, beets, eggplant
  • Allium family (onions [red best], shallots, leeks)
  • Berries – any variety (frozen are cheaper and just as healthy)
  • Pomegranates, any whole citrus, cantaloupes, mangoes, kiwi
  • Apple, red/purple grapes, cherries, plums, pears, peaches
  • Fresh herbs (any variety), sprouts (brocco-sprouts best)
  • Fresh salsa, prepared guacamole, tzatziki yogurt sauce
  • Fermented varieties (kraut, kimchi, etc.)
  • Organic plain soy milk
  • Whole soy foods – edamame, tofu, tempeh, etc. frequently found in the dairy section
  • Fish – oily best (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring, lake trout); wild salmon
  • Whole oats
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat germ
  • 100% whole grain cereals
  • Beans/ legumes/ lentils, hummus
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Roasted red peppers
  • 100% canned pumpkin
  • Tea – green, black, oolong, herbal teas, kombucha, 100% coconut water
  • Red wine
  • Pure cocoa powder
  • Flax, chia, and hemp seeds
  • Extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil
  • Nuts/ seeds
  • Dark chocolate

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