Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Anti-inflammatory foods to help lupusWhen it comes to managing pain from lupus, many have found relief in the anti-inflammatory ingredients found in certain fruits, vegetables, and fish. Beets contain high levels of antioxidants and are known to reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease and some forms of cancer. Beets also contain high levels of fiber and vitamin C and, like most vegetables, can be prepared in a variety of ways. Onions fight inflammation and also carry phytonutrient quercetin and allicin, which breaks down after ingestion and creates the free-radical fighting chemical, sulfenic acid. There are several vegetables that are known to relieve inflammation and those who have Lupus can at least attempt to eat more of these vegetables to reduce the inflammation in the skin. Tart Cherries are the leader of anti-inflammatory foods. In 2012, the Oregon Health & Science University claimed that tart-cherries contain the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.” Researchers confirm that eating 1.5 cups of tart cherries, or drinking a cup of tart cherry juice, will provide the anti-inflammatory benefits that lupus sufferers may desire. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna and in other oils such as flax or krill oil. Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2012 confirmed that dietary supplementation with krill oil effectively reduced inflammation and oxidative stress. The option to switch from red meats to fish is also a great way to fight inflammation. Since red meat is higher in salt and cholesterol, which can cause inflammation, fish is an excellent alternative and a great source of protein.