Top 15 Foods That Help Fight Chronic Inflammation

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

anti-inflammatory foods

foods that fight chronic inflammationInflammation is the bane of many doctors and patients’ existence. It accompanies many infections and bodily injuries and is infamous for increasing pain and hampering the healing process.


Modern physicians have focused more on treating inflammation with pharmaceutical drugs than doing it naturally. However, many natural foods can decrease your dependence on anti-inflammatory drugs while also boosting your health and comfort level. The following are the top 15 foods that help fight inflammation and taste great enough to eat:

1. Papaya

This fruit contains antioxidants and enzymes that help keep swelling down. It is also excellent for softening skin [1].


foods that fight chronic inflammation

2. Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, and many other types of berries provide phytonutrients to the body that help it fight inflammation. Additionally, these phytonutrients help repair cells and make new ones [2].

3. Cherries

Cherry extract is up to 10 times stronger at fighting inflammation in the body than aspirin. Eating pitted cherries is an effective food to help fight pain from gout and arthritis and will help you sleep more soundly [3].


4. Citrus

Packed with vitamin C and inflammation-fighting antioxidants, citrus fruits are incredibly healthy. Not only do they help fight swelling, they also help fend off viral and bacterial infections [4].

5. Pineapple

This tropical fruit is mouthwateringly delicious in desserts and cocktails, but also has many health benefits. The inflammation killing enzyme Bromelain is found in pineapples and has been used to help patients with osteoporosis and arthritis [5].

6. Avocados

Excellent on salads and sandwiches, this berry is loaded with antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, selenium, zinc, manganese and omega-3 fatty acids. This superfood is great for fighting inflammation, boosting your immune system, and fighting the effects of free radicals [6].


7. Seeds & Nuts

nuts fight chronic inflammation

Chia, flax, and hemp seeds are three excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids that fight inflammation. [7] Almonds, walnuts, and other nuts are packed with fats that are good for your heart and antioxidants that cut inflammation and help you heal [8].

8. Celery

While this vegetable is well known as a substitute for salt, celery also contains 20 different compounds that help fight inflammation and cell damage [9].


9. Green, Leafy Vegetables

Dark green vegetables contain Vitamin E and minerals our bodies need to fight cytokines that cause inflammation [10].

10. Beets

This lovely colored vegetable gets its color from the vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals within. In addition to fighting inflammation, beets reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and contain enough fiber to help with digestion [11].

11. Tomatoes

tomatoes fight chronic inflammation


Lycopene is the magic ingredient in tomatoes that makes use feel better, and there is more of this inflammation fighting substance when the fruit is cooked than when it is raw [12].

12. Ginger

This root is effective at soothing upset stomachs while also being just as effective at fighting inflammation as over the counter drugs ibuprofen and aspirin [13].

13. Turmeric

Has many uses, including fighting inflammation. Turmeric is used to help relieve chronic arthritis pain naturally and is reportedly more than or as effective as over the counter painkillers [14].


14. Cayenne Pepper

Used to fight inflammation, capsaicin found in hot peppers is effective in fighting pain from gout and arthritis too [15].

15. Carrots

Rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots have the strongest anti-inflammatory properties after they have been cooked. Combine with celery, hot peppers, and ginger for a strong inflammation fighting stir-fry [16].