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Foods that Fight Inflammation
In this Harvard Medical School Guide you’ll be introduced to foods—more than 120 in all—that will help you turn out meals that fight inflammation and disease. You’ll learn how plant-based chemicals called phytochemicals act as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, helping to bring down levels of inflammation and to counteract inflammation’s harmful effects. And you’ll find dozens of anti-inflammatory foods with added health benefits that include lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and of stroke, improving blood pressure, adding protection against heart disease, and even reducing pain and soreness after exercise.
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You’ve heard all the talk about anti-inflammatory diets. They’re a hot topic—and a hyped topic. We’re besieged by dozens of books and videos with lots of sizzle and but with very little science.
But what’s true? What can an anti-inflammatory diet do? Most important, what should you do? You’ll find out in this new report!
The doctors who prepared this report were firm: Just give the facts. No pie-in-the-sky promises. Instead, a down-to-earth perspective.
Fact: Chronic inflammation has not been proven to cause chronic diseases, but strikingly often, its presence corresponds to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and many cancers.
Fact: Certain dietary patterns are linked to a lower risk of inflammation. Beyond that, emerging research suggests specific food choices may further help fight and reduce chronic inflammation.
In short, available evidence suggests that consuming more foods that appear to fight inflammation offers benefits for your health.
So get out your shopping list!
In this guide from Harvard Health Publishing you’ll be introduced to foods—more than 120 in all—that will help you turn out meals that fight inflammation and disease.
You’ll learn how plant-based chemicals called phytochemicals act as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, helping to bring down levels of inflammation and to counteract inflammation’s harmful effects. And you’ll find a “colorful” way to increase the diversity and amount of phytochemicals in your diet.
You’ll discover old friends—and make lasting new ones too!
Being health-conscious, you’ll find foods you already enjoy. Plus, our list is certain to include many others you’ve been meaning to try. It’s a harvest of fruits and vegetables, plus a host of choices among whole grains, nuts and seeds, pulses, fish, unsaturated fats, and more than 20 flavor-boosting spices.
You’ll find dozens of anti-inflammatory foods with added health benefits that include lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and of stroke, improving blood pressure, adding protection against heart disease, and even reducing pain and soreness after exercise.
This guide brings you the honesty you deserve…the explanations you want…and the guidance you can trust. Don’t wait! Order Foods that Fight Inflammation today!
Prepared by the editors of Harvard Health Publishing in consultation with Robert H. Shmerling, MD Corresponding Member of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Division of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Senior Editor, Harvard Health Publishing. 18 pages. (2021)
About Harvard Medical School Guides
Harvard Medical School Guides delivers compact, practical information on important health concerns. These publications are smaller in scope than our Special Health Reports, but they are written in the same clear, easy-to-understand language, and they provide the authoritative health advice you expect from Harvard Health Publishing.
- Inflammation and diet: Beyond the hype
- What is inflammation?
- The food-inflammation connection
- Dietary patterns and inflammation
- Inflammation-fighting foods
- Putting it all together
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