Then there’s the omega-3’s, which are found in flax, hemp, pumpkin seeds and walnuts and their oils. Also, the high fiber, non starchy vegetables like dark green leafys, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, tomatoes and onions. Turnips and radishes work well in aiding digestion by cooling and soothing inflammation and phlegm. Quercetin, a flavonoid, which aids in cell respiration, is found in red grapes, red and yellow onions, garlic, broccoli and apples.
Antioxidant properties in some foods help fight inflammation by protecting the body from free radicals. Vitamin C rich foods fall into this category and the list is endless. Some are carrots, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, cashews, guavas, berries, mangos, kiwifruit, cherries, persimmons and oranges. To reduce swelling and inflammation quickly, eat half of a fresh pineapple containing the enzyme bromelain or a papaya containing the enzyme papain, daily. Getting away from salt and learning to cook with herbs and spices would be great. Turmeric,