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Best Inflammation-Fighting Foods for Seniors

Clinical evidence is mounting that shows foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help those experiencing arthritis-related symptoms. These foods are rich in nutrients, including powerful antioxidants that battle the free radicals that contribute to inflammation, and other natural substances found to act against inflammation. Here are a few of the best foods to fight inflammation, presented by Santa Clarita Home Care Assistance.

Tart Cherries

Tart cherries have more anti-inflammatory power than any other food, according to researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University. Anthocyanins, substances that produce the deep red and purple hues found in many fruits and vegetables, have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. While sweet cherries do have some of these substances, tart cherries deliver far more. Eat a ½ cup of tart cherries or drink a cup of tart juice daily to best enjoy their benefits.

Watermelon

Rich in the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, watermelon can help to reduce levels of C-reactive protein in the body. High levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of systemic inflammation, are associated with arthritic flare-ups. One cup of this low-calorie fruit offers more of the heart-healthy antioxidant lycopene than raw tomatoes do. A nightshade plant family member, tomatoes can be problematic for some seniors with arthritis.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Oleocanthal, a substance found in extra virgin olive oil, acts against inflammation in the same way that ibuprofen does, by preventing the production of inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. Researchers have found that 3 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil equals the effect of 200 mg of ibuprofen, a NSAID that can have serious side effects with continuous use.

Cold Water Fish

Wild caught cold water fish, such as Chinook salmon and Atlantic mackerel, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient found to act as an anti-inflammatory. Fish caught in warm water or raised in fish farms don’t have as much omega-3 fatty acids as their cold-water counterparts do.

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