Discover 8 of the most powerful diabetic-friendly foods that can reduce chronic inflammation.
1) Chronic inflammation occurs slowly over time, but it can drive your body towards certain diseases and damaging conditions, like diabetes.
2) Tomatoes are rich in caffeic acid, a plant compound with anti-tumor properties. Studies show that this anti-inflammatory compound has the ability to reduce blood glucose levels while improving insulin secretion, and may reduce diabetes-associated cardiac inflammation.
3) Fiber-rich flaxseeds can fight inflammation via the alpha-linolenic acid within, which studies show has the ability to decrease arterial inflammation and may work to slow the growth of cancerous tumors.
4) Broccoli comes loaded with diabetes-fighting, inflammation-lowering nutrients, like vitamins A, C, and E. It’s also rich in specific antioxidants which have been shown to reduce inflammation by modulating inflammatory pathways.
5) Blueberries are rich in flavonoids – powerful free-radical scavengers that reduce inflammation in the body. Blueberries are also loaded with anthocyanins, flavonoid pigments which can fight oxidative stress while improving cardiovascular health.
6) Green leafy vegetables, like kale, spinach, and collard greens, are fibrous veggies which are packed with beneficial phytonutrients, minerals and polyphenols. They’re also full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
7) Extra-virgin olive oil consumption has been shown to reduce blood glucose and hypertension while increasing adiponectin, a protein with anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, the antioxidant oleocanthal, found within olive oil, has been found to produce anti-inflammatory benefits which are similar to the effects of ibuprofen.
8) Salmon is one of the world’s best sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve the structural function of arteries by reducing inflammation.
9) The main component of the popular spice turmeric is curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant. Studies show that regularly taking turmeric supplements can decrease blood glucose while improving insulin sensitivity.
10) Beyond food, other factors which contribute to chronic inflammation include stress, poor sleep habits, and poor gut health. Therefore, chronic inflammation can be lessened via de-stressing techniques like yoga and meditation, proper sleep, and also via probiotic foods which improve the gut microbiome.