Celery is most commonly associated with dieting because it is so high in fiber and low in calories, but this crunchy vegetable has some powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can also help to lower inflammation, according to studies.
Researchers showed that certain unique polysaccharides in celery, like apiuman, produce significant anti-inflammatory effects.
As well, scientists have identified at least 12 other types of antioxidants in celery that include dihydrostilbenoids like lunularin, as well as furanocoumarins like bergapten and psoralen.
These antioxidants protect you against oxidative damage and inflammation to your cells, blood vessels, and organs (31).
18. Brussel Sprouts
While Brussel sprouts are not always a favorite at the dinner table, these potent cruciferous vegetables are filled with sulforaphane, a substance known to help slow the cartilage damage in your joints caused by osteoarthritis. According to a 2013 study, this powerful substance can block any inflammation and protect against cartilage destruction (32).
Turmeric is probably one of the most widely known and studied substances for fighting inflammation. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is responsible for a laundry list of health benefits, including powerful anti-inflammatory properties. A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences even claims that curcumin may be beneficial for managing chronic inflammatory-related joint disease (33).
You don’t need to take a lot of this spice to experience its many health benefits. According to experts, just 50 milligrams of turmeric over a period of several months (equivalent to approximately 1/50th of a teaspoon) can do the trick (34).
Pineapple contains a potent digestive enzyme called bromelain, which studies show has immune-modulating abilities. Bromelain helps by regulating your immune response, which, if left unchecked, is responsible for creating excessive inflammation. This can help ease pain. Pineapple is also a significant source of vitamin C, a known antioxidant that can help prevent and reduce inflammation (35). You can eat fresh pineapple or take a bromelain supplement of 500 mg to 2,000 mg, three times daily between meals.