6 Foods That Reduce Inflammation for Patients with GI Inflammation

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While gastric inflammation, or gastritis, may have any number of causes, the main risk factors include bacterial infection, excessive alcohol use, stress and illnesses like cancer or autoimmune disorders. Eating foods that reduce inflammation can, over time, reduce the amount of pain and discomfort you experience from GI inflammation. They can work in tandem with your prescribed course of treatment to help you feel better overall. Here are some foods that are known to help with inflammation: 

Blueberries

Blueberries are a favorite among health enthusiasts. Aside from being a delicious, low-calorie snack, blueberries contain a high concentration of phytonutrients, which are thought to be beneficial for disease prevention. Eating blueberries may help reduce inflammation and help reduce pain. 

Fatty Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and trout, help suppress inflammatory chemicals. They also contain calcitonin, a hormone that helps control the level of calcium in your blood, which can reduce joint tenderness and inflammation. Bake or grill your fish, rather than frying it, to preserve the important nutrients.   

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

While all olive oil has a compound called oleocanthal, which can work in a similar manner to NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen to ward off pain, high quality extra virgin olive oil has the best nutritional value. There’s also a greater benefit if you use it on uncooked dishes, like adding it to salad as a dressing or using it as part of a dip. The darker the olive oil, the more oleocanthal it contains. 

Ginger and Turmeric

A few different spices have nutritional benefits beyond making food taste better. Ginger and turmeric are known for having anti-inflammatory effects. The two work a little differently. Ginger may be risky for some people with chronic illness due to its blood thinning effects. Turmeric, which is best known in the US as being the main ingredient in curry, has been shown to suppress inflammatory body chemicals. 

Flax Seeds

The anti-inflammatory value of flax seeds comes from two components: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and lignans, which block the release of certain types of pro-inflammatory agents. They’re best when they’re ground up, as this releases the oil in them. Sprinkle the ground up flax seeds on salad, or mix it into your oatmeal or yogurt. Keep in mind that it does have a bland flavor, so you may need to counteract it with other ingredients. 

Broccoli

There’s a special family of leafy greens known as cruciferous vegetables, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale. Broccoli contains antioxidants that can provide anti-inflammatory benefits. One of these antioxidants, sulforaphane, decreases inflammation by reducing your levels of certain chemicals that drive inflammation in your body. 

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