Best and Worst Foods for Inflammation

Best: Beans

Fiber-rich diets reduce blood sugar increases that overproduce free radicals that release inflammatory messages. 


Avocados include inflammation-fighting carotenoids, heart-healthy monosaturated fats, and free radical-fighting vitamins A and E. 

Sweet Potato

Replace normal potatoes with sweet potatoes. Its rich orange hue suggests that it contains polyphenols.

Citrus Fruit

Polyphenols in citrus fruits may "turn off" inflammation. Flavanones boost immunity and reduce inflammation.

Leafy Greens

Carotenoids and vitamins A, C, E, and K in these veggies may minimize the risk of stomach, breast, and skin cancers and heart disease.


Protein in nuts stabilizes blood sugar, limiting insulin release and free radical production.

Fatty Fish

Salmon, tuna, and herring are omega-3-rich. Polyunsaturated fatty acids block inflammation-causing chemicals. 


Berries are rich in anthocyanins, which may lower inflammation and boost brainpower.


Tomatoes include vitamin C and lycopene. Lycopene lowers heart disease and cancer risk.

Coffee or Tea

Green, black, white, and oolong teas contain polyphenols. Antioxidants in coffee protect cells.


Apples have flavanols and anthocyanins. Eat the peel, which provides gut-healthy fiber.

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