I just finished writing an article about how inflammation can aggravate symptoms of neuropathy in patients undergoing chemotherapy on my other site, www.MultipleMyelomaBlog.Com. Here is a comprehensive list of anti-inflammatory foods I found on BrightHub.Com, written by Cheryl Gabbert:
sweet potatoes/ yams
Choose grass-fed animal products. Buy organic meats when possible. Choose wild-caught fish over farm-raised.
flank steak (beef)
wild game meats, like elk, bison, or deer
eggs (vegetarian fed, omega 3, organic)
salmon (wild-caught only)
North Atlantic mackerel
Anti-Inflammatory Fats and Oils
Buy organic oils to avoid pesticides and chemicals in the fats you consume. Choose butter from grass-fed cows, and make it organic. Watch for sugar content in salad dressings, and use them sparingly on salads.
extra virgin olive oil
Anti-Inflammatory Nuts and Seeds
Most nuts and seeds are anti-inflammatory. Be sure to include plenty of them of all types in your diet.
Anti-Inflammatory Grains and Legumes
Most grains are considered inflammatory, since they are high in carbohydrates, yet low in anti-oxidants. For this reason, grains are to be limited. Avoid corn, hominy, and white rice. The healthiest grains are whole grains. Here are some good choices.
steel cut oats
dried beans of all types
Steer clear of sodas and sugary juice drinks. Any drink with high fructose corn syrup should also be avoided. The following beverages are the best choices for those on an anti-inflammatory diet.
filtered water (8 to 10 glasses per day)
What about avoiding foods which can cause inflammation? Here’s another list suggested by Dr. Perrecone, a celebrity doc who often appears on Oprah:
Stay away from pro-inflammatory foods, which accelerate the aging process. A simple rule of thumb is to consider the following: If it contains flour, and/or sugar or other sweetener, it will be pro-inflammatory. Sugary, starchy foods are poor choices and will not only pack on excess pounds, they will make you look older than your years.
Breads, rolls, baked goods
Cereals (except old fashioned oatmeal)
Corn bread, corn muffins
Fruit juice—choose the fruit instead
Hard cheese (except for feta and grating cheeses, such as Romano and Parmesan)
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ices
Jams, jellies and preserves
Snack foods, including: potato chips, pretzels, corn chips, rice and corn cakes, etc.
I know, I know–these lists seem to take all of the fun out of eating! Tomorrow I will add some anecdotal evidence and testimonials for which foods help the most. (You already know which hurt the most, don’t you! Salty processed foods, lots of sugar and fat)
Feel good, keep smiling and eat your vegetables! Pat & Pattie