What foods contain anti-inflammatory substances?

Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics

Many spices contain anti-inflammatory agents such as: basil, dill, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, sage, peppermint, cilantro and garlic etc. Also beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, quinoa, dark chocolate (70% cocoa), tea and red wine. Different types of fish include: Tuna, canned in water, scallops, shrimp, cod, flounder, mussels and oysters.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Though not completely proven, there's some evidence that the following substances and ingredients may have some anti-inflammatory effect:

  • Isoflavones: Soybeans, all soy products
  • Lignans: Flaxseed, flaxseed oil, whole grains such as rye
  • Polyphenols: Tea, fruits, vegetables
  • Glucosinolates: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, plus kale
  • Carnosol: Rosemary
  • Resveratrol: Red wine, grapes, red or purple grape juice
  • Cocoa:Dark chocolate
  • Quercitin: Cabbage, spinach, garlic
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