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Folate-rich lentils fight chronic inflammation. Folate is a key element in lowering levels of homocysteine, a dangerous pro-inflammatory amino acid.
Kelp such as kombu contains fucoidan, a type of complex carbohydrate that is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidative. A few studies on fucoidan in recent years have found promising results in using the brown algae extract to control liver and lung cancer and to promote collagen synthesis. The high fiber content of kelp also helps to induce fullness, slow fat absorption and promote weight loss.
Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. Rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory compounds. In addition, rosemary has been shown to increase the blood flow to the head and brain, improving concentration.
At least half of the phytonutrients present in this herb, in particular eugenol, ferulic acid, kaempferol and the salicylates, are effective anti-inflammatory agents. Often acting synergistically, the compounds in this one spice provide valuable artillery against the numerous inflammatory processes that underlie so many of our chronic diseases.
Bay leaf helps the body process insulin efficiently and also contains eugenol, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent.
A nutrient found in celery has been shown highly effective against inflammation and cancer. Luteolin is a bioflavonoid also found in smaller amounts in peppers, parsley, thyme, basil and peppermint. And like all bioflavonoids, luteolin has high antioxidant properties, producing a dose-dependent reduction in oxidative DNA damage that is double the amount produced by vitamin C. In a study reported in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science U.S.A., May 27, 2008, researchers determined that luteolin inhibits lipopolysaccharide induced interleukin-6 production in the brain through inhibiting the JNK pathway in the inflammatory response of microglia, brain cells in the central nervous system that are key to the body's immune defense. In other words, luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on. Inflammatory Research Journal reports a recent study of several kinds of flavonoids which possess anti-inflammatory activity. Results indicated that only luteolin and quercetin inhibited the platelet-activating factor and suppressed inflammatory response induced by allergens. Luteolin inhibited the excess production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation.
Radish is rich in vitamins C and B, which are mainly responsible for their anti-inflammatory and sedative properties, respectively. It is also an excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron, copper, sulfur, phosphorous and fiber, while it is very low in calories, virtually devoid of fat and cholesterol.
This allium vegetable has nevertheless been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits. Onion, a unique sulfur molecule in onion that is found in the bulb portion of the plant has been shown to inhibit the activity of macrophages, specialized white blood cells that play a key role in our body's immune defense system, and one of their defense activities involves the triggering of large-scale inflammatory responses. While macrophage activity is typically a good thing, inhibition of their activity can sometimes be critical in getting chronic unwanted inflammation under control.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been known and valued for centuries. During the past 25 years, many laboratories have provided scientific support for the long-held belief that ginger contains constituents with anti-inflammatory properties. The original discovery of ginger's inhibitory effects on prostaglandin biosynthesis in the early 1970s has been repeatedly confirmed. This discovery identified ginger as an herbal medicinal product that shares pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger suppresses prostaglandin synthesis through inhibition of cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2. An important extension of this early work was the observation that ginger also suppresses leukotriene biosynthesis by inhibiting 5-lipoxygenase. This pharmacological property distinguishes ginger from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Wild oregano is historically recognized as having various health benefits in alternative medicine chronicles (going back to ancient Greece), including anti-inflammatory properties, with the exact source of functional activity not known. Rutgers scientists have now identified and isolated the compounds responsible, which are specific nonvolatile phytochemical based compounds from selected varieties of these plants that may have use as potent anti-inflammatory agents in dietary supplements or nutraceuticals.
All chili peppers, including cayenne, contain capsaicin, which in addition to giving cayenne its characteristic heat, is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes.
Sesame Seed Oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. Sesame oil is mentioned in the Vedas as excellent for humans. It is naturally antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus as well as common skin fungi, such as athlete's foot fungus. It is naturally antiviral. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
Hippocrates treated his patients with Apple Cider and Julius Caesar’s army used ACV to stay healthy and fight off disease. The Greeks and Romans kept vinegar vessels for healing and flavoring, and Samurai warriors drank it for strength and power. Apples contain a host of beneficial vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and many trace elements as well. Apples are the main ingredient in cider vinegar, thought to make it a powerful detoxifying and purifying agent with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties and to improve the secretion of digestive juices.
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