From arthritis to diabetes, there are many diseases that elderly adults face that can be a significant contributor to inflammation. While some cases may be severe, and medication and other therapies may be the source of relief, adding certain foods to your diet can help alleviate inflammation symptoms. Here are five foods to consider if your elderly loved one suffers from inflammation pain.
From strawberries and blueberries to blackberries and raspberries, they are packed with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory benefits.
The following fatty types of fish contain EPA and DHA fatty acids, which are known to fight inflammation:
Not only is broccoli high in nutrition, but this cruciferous vegetable is also brimming with sulforaphane, which is an antioxidant that alleviates inflammation through reducing levels of cytokines and NF-kB, which is a culprit of inflammation.
Green tea is packed with EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which is an inflammation inhibitor. So, whether you like it hot or cold, have a cup with every meal!
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, indulging in a few bites of dark chocolate can help reduce inflammation because it’s crammed with antioxidants.
What Foods Should You Avoid?
The following foods could contribute to inflammation. It’s best to avoid:
- Refined carbohydrates such as white bread
- Fried foods
- Soda and other sugar-laden beverages
- Processed meats such as hot dogs and sausages
- Shortenings, lard, and margarine
Anti-inflammatory foods are suitable for any age! For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more about how The Arbors Assisted Living community can benefit your elderly loved one, schedule a tour at any of our five convenient locations.