Five Ways to Fight Inflammation

Inflammation, a process meant to heal, can often become a danger; chronic inflammation causes heart attacks, stroke – and even cancer. How can you prevent this first-aid response from becoming a first-line attacker? Dr. Oz has 5 simple tips.

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Fruits and Veggies At each meal fill half your plate with produce that contains protective, inflammation stopping phytonutrients. Berries are rich in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants; zucchini contains salicylates, an aspirin-like compound; and red grapes are ripe with quercetin, which inhibits the flow of histamines, the chemicals that cause tissue to become inflamed.

Liquid Antioxidants Dr. Oz recommends sipping to save your life. Orange juice contains both vitamin C and flavonoids, which as you know are powerful antioxidants. Drinking orange juice with a high-fat or high-carbohydrate meal can actually neutralize the inflammatory stress generated by the unhealthy meal and help prevent blood vessel damage.

Move Immediately after even moderate physical activity, the body makes and uses more antioxidants, which cut levels of inflammation. Positive cardiovascular effects of exercise are associated with changes in cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Additionally, active people have lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation.