5. Fish is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods
Certain types of fish are rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), omega-3 fatty acids which have long been related to reduced inflammation and a lower risk of chronic inflammatory diseases.
Studies have also shown a reduced use of anti-inflammatory drugs with an increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
Higher intakes of EPA and DHA have been associated with decreased inflammatory markers.
Salmon has the added benefit of containing astaxanthin, an antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory properties. Astaxanthin is found in red hued shellfish and fish such as salmon and red trout.
What to do: Include at least 3 to 4 ounces fish in your diet twice a week. Some of the best sources of omega-3 rich fish are salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel and anchovies.
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