Bananas are a wonderful food to eat on the go, especially if you are looking for a quick energy boost. They are high in potassium, as well as many other vitamins and minerals your body needs like folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Bananas are also full of other potent antioxidants like dopamine and catechins that are linked to countless health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases like arthritis (36, 37).
Mangoes are high in a number of antioxidants like vitamins E and C. They are also filled with beta-carotene, which is known to help prevent arthritis. Several studies also show that mangos contain powerful polyphenols that may even limit inflammatory responses in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells (38).
These tasty fruits are also shown to inhibit intestinal inflammation in animal studies (39). When in season, just add fresh mango to salads or eat on its own. You can also drink fresh mango juice in a highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory smoothie or on its own.
23. Sweet Potatoes
Like all orange and brightly colored foods, sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant linked to lowering inflammation. In fact, in some cases, a single serving of sweet potatoes can provide up to 90 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. They are also packed with fiber, as well as a number of other beneficial vitamins and minerals (40).
Just cut sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch slices and steam for 7 minutes to bring out their amazing flavor and bounty of nutrition. For a little zest, add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves.
Walnuts contain the most omega-3s of any other nuts. Like many of the other foods in this list, walnuts are shown in studies to help lower CRP, a marker for inflammation that is associated with an increased risk of arthritis and cardiovascular disease (41). Walnuts are more anti-inflammatory than other nuts because they contain substantial amounts of α-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant omega-3 fatty acid that is one of the more anti-inflammatory fatty acids (42, 43).
Walnuts are also a significant source of ellagic acid, which is known to have potent anti-inflammatory properties in studies (44, 45). Eat a handful of walnuts daily to stave off hunger pangs, or add them to your dishes for a nutritional, anti-inflammatory meal.