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Ten Foods that Can Combat Chronic Inflammation in Seniors

As seniors age, some will experience chronic inflammation. While showing no outward symptoms until the condition worsens, it can negatively impact their body internally. Avoiding alcohol and smoking tobacco will assist with not making this condition worse, and including the foods below in your diet will make a positive difference.

Here are ten foods that are commonly associated with anti-inflammatory properties:

1. Fatty Fish: Fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

2. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and other berries contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that may help reduce inflammation.

3. Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, collard greens, and other leafy greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help combat inflammation.

4. Nuts and Seeds: Walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are sources of healthy fats and antioxidants that may have anti-inflammatory effects.

5. Whole Grains: Foods like whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, and oats provide fiber and nutrients that can contribute to a balanced diet and potentially reduce inflammation.

6. Turmeric: Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. It's often used in curry dishes and can be consumed as a supplement.

7. Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil contains monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that may help lower inflammation.

8. Ginger: Ginger contains compounds with potential anti-inflammatory effects and is commonly used in cooking or as a herbal remedy.

9. Garlic: Garlic has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

10. Green Tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which may have anti-inflammatory effects.

It's important to note that individual responses to specific foods can vary, and what works for one person may not work for another. Additionally, other dietary factors, lifestyle choices, and any underlying health conditions should also be considered when addressing inflammation. In addition, Yuma Senior Living’s dietary department provides three nutritious meals a day for all its residents. Simply give them a call at (928) 388-6858, and their team will schedule an onsite tour at your convenience.


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