Could I have titled this without using “super”?

Probably.

They’re not exactly like Clark Kent/Superman. There’s not really an instant reveal or cooking method that will turn these from plain old journalist to superhero. But they certainly act like them for all the benefits they provide.

Besides, it sure feels better being helped by a superfood than just a regular food.

Today though, I’m focusing on one superpower these foods have: the power to help erase inflammation.

Turmeric

Go spices!

Interesting fact that you should keep in mind: spices and herbs often contain more powerful substances than fruits and vegetables (especially when it comes to antioxidants). This potent spice contains curcumin which has been shown in multiple studies to reduce inflammation. It works by decreasing the amount of pro-inflammation signals sent, then alerts your body that it’s time to heal.

In this case, shooting the messenger is a viable solution. Only turmeric does it before the message is delivered.

Due to the multitude of studies done on turmeric/curcumin and inflammation, turmeric has become readily available. If you’ve got an issue, this is as good a place to start as any.

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Pineapple

I love pineapple. The only problem is it’s very seasonal. So if it’s in-season and you need an excuse to eat it, here it is.

Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is the reason why you should keep pineapple from touching the meat in your dinner (if you don’t like mushy meat). It helps you digest proteins and also breaks down pro-inflammatory messenger molecules.

So next time you're at the store, grab some fresh pineapple!

Tart Cherries

If you’re not already eating these for their melatonin content, give them a shot for what they'll do with your inflammation.

They’re on the list because of their incredibly high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants quench free radicals and free radicals can cause…

Yup, you guessed it. Inflammation.

Free radicals come from a bunch of different places: smoking, exercising, even just breathing.

Now, tart cherries aren’t going to magically make ALL the free radicals go away, but they’re the perfect addition to help you get rid of your chronic inflammation.

Cinnamon

Another spice!

I know none of you would do this, but don’t just go grab a tablespoon from the jar and shove it in your mouth. A little bit goes a long way. You can toss a whole tablespoon in your dinner for 4 and experience the benefits.

Cinnamon works by reducing nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates your blood vessels. So cinnamon reduces the swelling caused by inflammation.

Plus, it tastes great in just about anything (especially a cup of coffee).

But there is a catch!

There are actually two types of Cinnamon – Cassia, and Ceylon.

Cassia is what most people buy at the store and use it in cooking… But what you actually want is Ceylon – This is the cinnamon that contains the health benefits you're looking for.

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Walnuts

It’s incredibly easy to go overboard with walnuts. So while they’re good to eat, just be mindful that you really don’t need more than a handful.

Walnuts are a terrific source of nutrients that can be hard to find elsewhere – most notably, manganese, molybdenum, and copper.

But because we’re talking about anti-inflammatory superheroes, what we care most about is its omega-3 and antioxidant content.

Walnuts contain the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, which also has a strong inhibitory effect on nitric oxide and is even a potent COX-2 inhibitor. COX-2 inhibitors are NSAIDs that are normally used for inflammation and pain.

A handful of walnuts might not wipe out your headache, but they could help out with your joint pains.

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References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637808/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529416/
http://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6882-12-237
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17542608


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