To a certain degree, inflammation is necessary for helping the body to combat infection and respond to injury. But nowadays the vast majority of people suffer from chronic inflammation, brought on by too much stress, a sedentary lifestyle, and a diet filled with processed foods.
And if it persists over time, can lead to serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, chronic inflammation can oftentimes be managed just by adding more of the following eight anti-inflammatory foods into a person’s diet.
According to Prevention, olive oil contains plenty of polyphenols, which “provide both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.” One such polyphenol is called oleocanthal, and has been found to “inhibit inflammatory enzymes in the same way that ibuprofen does,” says Reader’s Digest.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits, olive oil—specifically the extra virgin variety—is considered to be a very heart-healthy fat. This is due to its high oleic acid content, which Prevention indicates “has been found to help lower blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.”