Dr. Mike Moreno in his book ‘The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition’, says that the following 12 anti-inflammatory foods can slow down the aging of one’s circulatory system.
Wild-caught Salmon is the best way to consume Omega-3 fatty acids that are in turn known to reduce inflammation (Arachidonic acid along with other toxins found in farm-raised salmon can increase inflammation). Herring, Mackerel & sardines too contain omega-3 fatty acids.
These too are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids & Vitamin E, which is a powerful immune booster.
Quercetin which is richly found in Onions is an antioxidant that prevents triggering of inflammation. Sulfur in onions too bolsters the immune system. Alternatives for quercetin are apples, broccoli, red grapes & tea.
These are packed with an antioxidant called anthocyanins that boost immunity & protects body from free radical damage. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries & cranberries too have good amount of anthocyanins.
Carotenoids found abundantly in Sweet Potatoes are again immunity boosting antioxidants. In fact orange, red, yellow or green fruits & veggies like carrots, yellow squash, peppers and mangoes also have rich carotenoids.
Again the carotenoids & Vitamin E found in Spinach or in any green leafy vegetable gives strong immune support.
It is an anti-inflammatory agent like onion containing sulfur that boosts the immune cell activity.
An enzyme called Bromelain in pineapple decreases inflammation. It is also an excellent source of antioxidant & vitamin C that gives immunity to the body.
Fresh ginger root has amazing anti-inflammatory property that works by hampering the inflammation-promoting enzymes in the body.
Curcumin in turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory compound.
Its powerful antioxidant property protects the heart and blood vessels thus acclaimed for its cardio vascular benefits. It has anti-clogging properties that slows progression of arterial plaques. It could also reduce blood pressure.
As a matter of fact, all the vegetables are of significance to the circulatory health. They contain ‘phytonutrients’ -a protective disease-fighting substance. Diets rich in fruits & vegetables enhance cardiovascular health and overall longevity. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower & cabbage were found to have Sulforaphanes which acts as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants in the body linked with reduced risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.