16 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Get your body back on track by stocking up on these sixteen anti-inflammatory foods.

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Fight Inflammation with Food

Inflammation can wreak havoc throughout the body, affecting everything from your skin to heart health. Keep inflammation at bay by taking in more of these fresh foods.

Salmon

This low-mercury fish is high in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fats — a 3-ounce portion contains more than twice the daily goal. Roast, poach, grill or steam a filet and serve with a fresh salad like Bobby Flay does in this recipe.

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

Turmeric

This ancient spice is in the spotlight for its ability to effectively eliminate inflammation. Add turmeric powder to dry rubs, soups and drinks like this latte. Don't forget to add a pinch of black pepper to your recipe to aid absorption.

Get the Recipe: Turmeric Latte

Flax Seeds

Inflammation can’t compete with the healthy oils found in flax seeds. Whole or ground seeds can be used in salads, smoothies and baked goods like Eddie Jackson's savory granola.

Get the Recipe: Savory Curry Granola with Coconut Oil, Nuts and Seeds

Water

Flush away inflammation by staying hydrated. Calorie-free water remains the best option for optimal hydration and flushing away toxins. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. Plain water not your thing? Giada uses fresh fruit to give her glass a hint of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Spa Water

Walnuts

These crunchy nuts add texture and flavor to salads, trail mix, hot cereal and baked goods. You can even use them in pesto as a substitution for pine nuts. The anti-inflammatory properties of walnuts have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease like diabetes and heart disease.

Get the Recipe: Kale Pesto with Walnut and Parmesan

Berries

The antioxidants in blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are powerful inflammation fighters and pair perfectly with creamy yogurt in a parfait. Choose fresh berries when they’re in season and opt for frozen other times of year.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Berry Granola Parfaits

Chia Seeds

These tiny seeds are bursting with omega-3 fats plus an impressive panel of vitamins and minerals. Mix with soymilk for a dairy-free pudding or with fresh fruit for a quick and easy lower sugar jam to spread on a sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Breadless Peanut Butter and Chia-Jam Sandwiches

Avocado

Healthy unsaturated fats, like those found in avocados, may help fight inflammation. A study published in 2012 found that eating an avocado may help limit the production of inflammatory causing compounds that compromise circulation. What better way to enjoy these fruits than a batch of guacamole?

Get the Recipe: Chunky Guacamole

Cherries

Cherries are another antioxidant powerhouse! Tart cherry juice has been linked to decreased inflammation and improved muscle recovery following exercise. Add them to your side salad for a burst of bright flavor.

Get the Recipe: Bibb Lettuce with Cherries

Wild Blueberries

With more antioxidants than most other berries, reach for bags of these petite frozen berries for smoothies, sauces and baked goods. The flavonoids in wild blueberries have been found to protect against inflammation and protect the brain.

Get the Recipe: Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Leafy Greens

Yet another reason to get more leafy greens in your world. Green veggies like spinach, Swiss chard, collards, beet greens, arugula and kale are chocked full of inflammation-fighting compounds. To reap all the benefits, enjoy with a source of healthy fat like olive oil.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Kale "Chips"

Green Tea

Sip inflammation away! The catechins found in green tea fight inflammation and are even more active than black tea. If hot tea isn’t for you, enjoyed iced or blended into a smoothie.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Green Tea Smoothie

Tomatoes

Lycopene, the red pigment in tomatoes is believed to fight inflammation and protect against heart disease. Cooked tomatoes have an enhanced amount of this anti-inflammatory.

Get the Recipe: Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes

Aronia

Aronia, also known as choke berries, are tart and powerful and getting trendier by the moment. It is believed to contain compounds that inhibit pro-inflammatory processes. Look for juices, teas and other beverages touting this antioxidant-rich berry.

Aronia: The New Superfood?

Herbs

One of the most underappreciated sources of antioxidants, fresh herbs aren’t just for garnishing finished recipes. Add fresh herbs to pesto, soups, sauces, juices and more to expose yourself to daily doses of inflammation-fighting compounds.

Get the Recipe: Pesto Potato Salad

Whole Grains

Whole grains from breads, brown rice and fiber offer hunger-fighting fiber as well as compounds to protect you from inflammation. Experiment with ancient grains like millet and farro.

Get the Recipe: Farro and Corn Salad