The best inflammation-busting foods to add to your diet, according to experts.
If you think inflammation is just another buzzy health term, think again. It's been linked to a broad range of bodily issues, from acne to allergies to autoimmune disease—and, unsurprisingly, diet plays a huge role in both fighting and preventing it.
We're not talking about acute inflammation, such as a bit of swelling after an injury or redness from a scrape. "This kind of inflammation we don't need to worry much about," says Frank Lipman M.D., bestselling author and founder of Be Well and the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. "Chronic inflammation is considerably more worrisome—and there aren't necessarily any visible signs that let you know it's happening."
In addition to avoiding common inflammatory foods and not ignoring warning signs from your body (like bloating, constipation, IBS, or joint pain), adding these superfoods to your daily diet will give your body a boost in its fight against free radicals. "Typically, foods known for their anti-inflammatory effects are rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, which help the body combat inflammation and supply the body with essential components that support optimal function," says Lipman.
Here are 15 of the best anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet.