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Foods That Reduce Inflammation and Fight Aging

vine vera banner presents Foods That Reduce Inflammation and Fight Aging The human body is a weird and wonderful thing, and it usually has our backs, pun intended. However, every once in a while, a false alarm goes off and our bodies go to war even though there’s no enemy at the front. The human body ends up fighting itself and its normally protective defenses end up inflicting damage on its own system. That’s when inflammation can become dangerous. Normally defensive immune responses become offensive attacks. Otherwise, healthy tissue becomes infected, resulting in swelling, redness, fatigue, and even loss of joint control. That’s where nutrition steps in.

While food can’t prevent our systems from turning against themselves, some of it can be pretty effective when it comes to damage control. Here are some of the best culinary protectors against the more detrimental effects of inflammation.

Beets
Want to beet inflammation? Beets are a potent inflammatory, which also contains antioxidant properties, plus they’re great for boosting energy while lowering blood pressure. Studies show that a single serving of beetroot juice can reduce blood pressure by 10.4/8mm. Also high in nitrates, beets have been shown to boost athletic performance by one to three percent.

Broccoli
You can bet that broccoli is going to show up on any list of foods with health benefits. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory phytonutrients like kaempferol, which is shown to lessen the impact of allergy-inducing substances on the body, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

vine vera banner presents Foods That Reduce Inflammation and Fight Aging

Green Tea
Another recurring character on the list of healthy foods, green tea has a large supply of anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Studies show that the leading catechin in green tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory with healing potential. The antioxidant properties in green tea are also quite impressive. Studies show that regular drinkers showed a 22 percent decrease in risk of breast cancer, a 48 percent reduced risk for prostate cancer, and a whopping 57 percent lower colorectal cancer risk.

Garlic
One whiff of garlic and you know you’re dealing with a pretty formidable contender. A Washington State University study found garlic to contain 100 times the potency of two antibiotics used to fight the causes of intestinal illness.

Ginger
Ginger can reduce inflammation and keep blood sugar under control. The National Library of Medicine compared ginger extract to common painkillers and found ginger to be a potent pain reliever.

Onions
Another pretty powerful ingredient, onions contain quercetin, an antioxidant which helps the body fight inflammation. Onions stimulate the respiratory tract and help to get rid of phlegm. The vegetables are also proven antioxidants and may be effective in the treatment of certain cancers.

Spinach
Another overachieving veggie, spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods. The high unique combination of phytonutrients in spinach makes for a high level of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components which can be helpful in protection from cellular damage.

How do you cope with inflammation? What foods do you think are best for protecting and preventing the condition? Let us know!

Best Fall Foods for Skin

The food that you put into your body manifests itself externally. When you feed your body healthy, nutritious foods full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, your skin will improve in tone and texture. A great way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals is to pick fresh produce. When you select produce that is in-season, you not only get the greatest tasting fruits and vegetables, you also get a better price than buying off-season produce. Below, find our three favorite fall foods for healthy skin.

Pumpkins.

Pumpkin
You can’t separate pumpkins and fall, the two just go together. Pumpkins are for more than just carving and making delicious pies, they are also a super beneficial fall food when it comes to skincare. All face types benefit from pumpkin, but you may be especially pleased with adding this to your diet or beauty regimen if you have skin that has suffered environmental damage. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamins A and C, both of which help correct and prevent damage from environmental influences, such as sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect against and help remedy damage due to free radicals. Vitamin A is excellent for maintaining smooth, soft skin. Eating pumpkin is a great way to increase your levels of vitamins A and C and who doesn’t want another excuse to eat a slice of pumpkin pie? But you can also use pureed pumpkin to make facial masks. If you have dry skin, mix pumpkin puree and plain yogurt and if you have oily skin, use a blend of pumpkin puree and apple cider vinegar.

Apples

Apples
Another food that is practically synonymous with fall is the apple. From pies to cider, apple is everywhere during autumn and for good reason. Apples come in tons of varieties, offering something for every taste preference and they are a super versatile fruit when it comes to making meals. Although oranges are typically equated with vitamin C, apples are full of this antioxidant as well. In addition to protecting against and reversing damage from free radicals, it also helps speed up skin cell production, meaning your skin looks healthy and radiant. Apples are also full of B vitamins, specifically B5 and B9, which are great for combating acne and skin irritation.

Grapes.

Grapes
Grapes are great any time of year, but the vast majority of grapes in the northern hemisphere are harvested between the months of October and August. The skins of grapes are amazing sources of resveratrol, an awesome anti-aging antioxidant. Recent research suggests that in addition to the anti-aging properties of resveratrol, it may also be a great ingredient if you suffer from acne. Resveratrol is a natural anti-inflammatory and it can help soothe skin that is acting up. Grapes also contain vitamins A, C, K and some B vitamin compounds as well as micro-nutrients such as iron, copper and manganese.

You can increase your intake of these fall fruits for better skin, or you can use these ingredients topically. Put apples and grapes in a fruity chicken salad, or make a warm pumpkin soup on a cold fall night. Eating, or using these fall foods topically, will help you achieve clearer, younger-looking and more radiant skin.