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5 Powerful Superfoods to Fight Inflammation & Help Your Period

While short-term inflammation can help trigger the immune system, chronic inflammation is like a slow-burning fire that ravages the body in the long term. TIME magazine even called inflammation the “secret killer” since it worsens so many diseases.

So, if you want to stay healthy and keep your chronic menstrual pain in check, keeping inflammation under control is a top priority. One of the easiest ways to fight inflammation is to include anti-inflammatory superfoods in your diet.

To get you started we are giving you 5 simple but super powerful anti-inflammatory superfoods to help your menstrual pain.

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are the absolute best fruit for fighting inflammation. That’s because blueberries contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin.

Animal studies have found that quercetin can significantly reduce inflammation by protecting your body from the effects of free radicals (1).

But the anti-inflammatory benefits don’t end there. Blueberries also have prebiotic fiber. They promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut, thus helping to calm inflammation (2).

2. Turmeric

While it’s traditionally used as a spice, turmeric is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory substances in the world.

All thanks to an active compound called curcumin. Numerous studies have found that curcumin is incredibly effective at fighting inflammation (3).

In fact, curcumin is so effective at fighting inflammation that it was found to be better than well-known anti-inflammatory drugs while being free of side effects (4). Now that’s a superfood!

One challenge with turmeric is that it is not well absorbed. That’s why many people choose to take a supplement that combines organic turmeric with essential fatty acids to optimize absorption.

3. Pineapple

Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. When taken in-between meals, bromelain goes beyond the digestive system and enters the bloodstream.

Once there, bromelain targets and breaks down excess proteins in the blood, helping to fight against inflammation. Studies show bromelain has benefits for joint discomfort and helps in recovery from sports activity (5).

Since bromelain works most effectively when taken in-between meals, it’s best to take it as a supplement with a wide range of proteolytic enzymes.

4. Celery

Celery contains a wide range of antioxidants, flavones, and flavanols. All of which are natural substances that can help reduce inflammation.

A study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research even found that celery juice can inhibit proteins associated with inflammatory disease (6).

When buying celery, make sure to always choose organic, as it’s a veggie that tops the list for toxic pesticides when grown conventionally.

5. Ginger

Ginger is a versatile root that’s been used in countless traditional cuisines throughout the ages. But ginger goes way beyond food.

Researchers have found that ginger can inhibit several compounds in the body that biochemically promote inflammation (7). In other words, it reduces inflammation on the cellular level.

The best part about ginger is that it’s so easy to add to your diet. You can use ginger extract to make your own ginger ale with mineral water and honey. Or you can add a sliver of ginger to your favorite juice recipe. The sky is the limit.

Yes, Food Can Also Be Your Medicine

Over-processed foods and an abundance of environmental toxins promote chronic inflammation in the body which in turn contributes to chronic menstrual pain. Turn to anti-inflammatory superfoods as a natural remedy and you will feel the difference on your next period.

Make these 5 powerful superfoods part of your day to help curb inflammation. Add them as a side dish, or make a superfood smoothie to give yourself a healthy breakfast or lunch. Your future self will thank you!

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