Should I Eat Fruit for Inflammation Control?

fruit for inflammation

Before we discuss why you should eat fruit for inflammation control, we must first distinguish that inflammation is a natural and useful mechanism involved in the healing process.  You want The real problem is chronic inflammation, or inflammation that persists.  It is strongly associated with diseases of all sorts, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis (just to name a few)  Here’s how it works:  Imagine you cut your arm.  Normally, it becomes a little red and puffy because your immune system is trying to protect it; this is inflammation.  Given some time, it heals and the inflammation disappears.

Now imagine you get that cut, and the next day you cut it again.  Then again the next day, and so on.  It will constantly be in a state of inflammation, which will ultimately lead to loss of tissue; this is CHRONIC inflammation.  The longer this happens, the higher the chance it could also become infected and makes things even worse.  This is basically what happens with chronic inflammation within your body, like what can happen in your blood vessels.  They experience damage but can never really heal because the damage keeps occurring before full healing can.  Don’t despair; you can eat fruit for inflammation control.  The more – the better!  Here’s why:

Chronic inflammation is associated with the production of free radicals, which can cause cellular damage on top of it all.  Antioxidants, which tend to be abundant in fruits, neutralize free radicals, rendering them harmless.1  Thus, fruit for inflammation, at least CHRONIC inflammation.  Here’s a really good article that goes into more detail about some of the best anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Cherries for Inflammation

Cherries are one of my favorite sources of antioxidants and thus anti-chronic inflammation.  Most non-experts do not realize that ‘antioxidants neutralize free radicals’ is only half the story.  While this is true, most antioxidants are either water soluble or fat soluble.  In other words, they ONLY neutralize free radicals in parts of the cell that are mostly water OR mostly fat but NOT both.  However, cherries contain lots of vitamin A, a fat-soluble antioxidant, and vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxidant.  Most fruits contain at least some of each of these.  But cherries also contain other antioxidants including flavonoids, peryl alcohol (which has been shown to fight cancer2) and a variety of organic acids.  As you might expect, studies specifically link cherries to the decline of inflammation3 as well as cancer risk reduction.4

Any Fruit for Inflammation

All fruits contain antioxidants.  Of course, the types and amount in each varies, but as a result, all fruits have at least some capacity to fight chronic inflammation.  As a result, you should seek a variety of fruits in your diet, particularly as an inflammation reducer.  Typically, the more brilliant the color, the more antioxidant power.  So, shoot for cherries of course, but berries of all kinds are a great option as well.

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