The arrival of fall is an exciting time of year for many as it is the kickoff to football season, gorgeous fall foliage and the start of the school year. The season also brings forth many delicious seasonal foods. Besides fall-favorites such as pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies and roasted turkey, there are several fall foods that are not only delicious, but also have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. Below, we outline 9 foods you should feast not just in autumn, but year-round.
Go ahead and indulge in all the butternut squash you can get. On top of being abundant in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, B6, E, magnesium, copper and potassium, squash are also rich in omega 3’s, which is known to have a high anti-inflammatory effect on your body. They are also high in carotenoids such as lutein and beta-carotene, which also reduces inflammation.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant that can help reduce swelling and joint pain in those with rheumatoid arthritis. It is a very versatile spice so you can add it to your favorite soups, meats or rice dishes. It also helps accelerate your metabolism, a plus if you’re trying to shed a few pounds. Studies have shown that curcumin decreased the need for pain medication while increasing pain-free walking time. It can also be applied topically to your joints to relieve any stiffness and arthritic pain.
if you suffer from arthritis, you should incorporate a lot more ginger into your diet. This is because ginger can soothe pain and reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger also helps aid your digestive system, as it diminishes nausea and stomachaches.
An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away; this fall favorite is shown to reduce inflammation. Research has also shown that apples can lower the levels of CRP, or C-reactive protein, which contributes to inflammation in the blood. Having lower levels of CRP is especially beneficial to those affected with inflammatory-related diseases, such as arthritis.
If you’re going to have potatoes, go for sweet potatoes. Yams are high in carotenoids, which helps fight inflammation in the body by reducing CRP levels. They’re also rich in manganese and vitamin C which also reduces inflammation. Opt for the boiled version versus the candied yams to get the most nutrition out of them. You can also drink the water that you boiled the sweet potatoes in and apply it externally to relieve the pain in your joints. Now you can get the most out of your yams this holiday season!
These nuts pack a ton of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps you fight inflammation. They also make a quick and easy snack and are great by themselves or on your favorite pastries or desserts. Walnuts also make a great substitute for those who do not like other foods that are rich in omega-3 fats, such as salmon or mackerel.
Raw pumpkin seeds
These delicious seeds have an alkaline effect on your body. Pumpkin seeds have a high amount of chlorophyll and provide for a great source of protein. You will have no trouble finding pumpkin seeds this time of year so take advantage and stock up!
Matcha green tea
Matcha is all the rage these days. But why? This form of green tea is the highest quality green tea available and is served in its purest form as it isn’t processed or heated. As its color may give away, matcha is packed with chlorophyll and is a powerful superfood. It is also chock full of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, an antioxidant known for its cancer fighting powers.
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