15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating Right Now


"A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life." Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

When you’re hurt or sick, your immune system sends an army of white blood cells to eradicate the problem. Just imagine you cut your finger, and the surrounding area becomes red and swollen with a rush of blood full of those little guys ready to save the day.

The intricate self-protective responses of our bodies are impressive. However, there are times when our body is tricked, so to speak, and sends out the army when there is nothing to be healed. These aimless white blood cells become confused and begin to attack cells and tissues, which leaves you at higher risk for sickness. This is called chronic inflammation.

15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating Right Now (Slideshow)

Chronic inflammation occurs when we have a damaged immune system caused by poor diet, stress, bad air, anxiety, or obesity. Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reported: “The Western diet is characterized by a high intake of saturated and omega-6 fatty acids, reduced omega-3 fat intake, an overuse of salt, and too much refined sugar. Most are aware that this type of eating, if not in moderation, can damage the heart, kidneys, and waistlines; however, it is becoming increasingly clear that the modern diet also damages the immune system.”

Chronic inflammation has been found to be related to cancers, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is proven to reduce chronic inflammation and lower the risk and magnitude of the accompanying symptoms. Saturated fats, refined sugars and carbohydrates (including margarine), and red and processed meats are some of the triggers to inflammation, but there are a multitude of foods that have high anti-inflammatory properties. Specifically, foods high in omega-3 fatty acid and complex plant nutrients are very effective at quelling inflammation.

Read our list of powerful anti-inflammatory foods full of omega-3s, antioxidants, and essential minerals and nutrients and get inspired to incorporate them into your daily diet.

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Rachael Pack is the Cook Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on instagram and twitter @rachael_pack


Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.

Nutrition Buzz: Let’s Look at the Anti-inflammatory Diet

  • The anti-inflammatory diet, or any diet for that matter, including any diet involving supplements, should always be discussed with your care team.
  • While diets can be beneficial to general health, they never take the place of treatment for medical conditions.
  • It’s important to remember that you should never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not recommend dropping entire food groups from your diet. 1

Diet trends come and go. Lately, there’s been curiosity in the myasthenia gravis community about the anti-inflammatory diet. MG United set out to explore what it is.

What Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Scientists are still unraveling how food affects the body's inflammatory processes, but they know a few things. Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—a marker for inflammation—in your blood.” 2

The anti-inflammatory diet is based on the idea that eating habits can affect inflammation. People who follow the diet avoid foods thought to cause inflammation and eat foods rich in ingredients thought to suppress it. 1

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Don’t Eat 1

People following the anti-inflammatory diet stay away from foods that are high in simple carbs and saturated fats. They also avoid foods that are low in fiber and unsaturated fats. Some foods that fans of the anti-inflammatory diet are likely to limit include:

  • Sweets, candies and cakes
  • Refined white pastas and bread
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat and full-fat dairy foods
  • Any foods high in saturated and trans fats

What Anti-inflammatory Dieters Do Eat 1

In general, foods within the anti-inflammatory diet are those foods you often hear encouraged by nutritionists. The diet encourages fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. The anti-inflammatory diet pushes for foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A and D, polyphenols and gingerols.

Here’s a list of ingredients that anti-inflammatory dieters look for, and some of the foods that are rich in them:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as omega-3s): brussels sprouts, cabbage,
    cauliflower, fennel, kale, tuna, mackerel, Baltic herring, walnuts, chia seeds and flax
    seeds 1,3,4
  • Vitamin A: carrots, spinach, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, mangos, nectarines,
    papayas, pumpkins and sweet potatoes 5,6
  • Vitamin D: salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, kipper, mushrooms, as well as
    fortified milks, cereals and juices 7,8
  • Polyphenols: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil and dark
    chocolate 9-11 (See “5 MG-Friendly Smoothies” for recipes with the above.)
  • Gingerols: turmeric (aka curcumin), ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and black
    pepper 11

Anti-inflammatory dieters look for foods rich in vitamins A and D, polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols and gingerols.

Portion Size Still Matters 12

Sensible portion control is a cornerstone of weight management, and the anti-inflammatory diet is no exception. 13 Discussions around specific portions and types of food should be part of your ongoing dialogue with your care team. One example of an anti-inflammatory food plan that has some general portion-control guidelines is the Mediterranean diet. This diet mimics eating habits historically found in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy diet. 1,12

Here are the Mediterranean diet’s general guidelines:

  • Whole grains daily (for example, whole grain bread, pasta or brown rice)
  • Four to six servings of fruits daily
  • Two to three servings of vegetables daily
  • Olive oil (as the main fat)
  • One or two nonfat or low-fat dairy products daily
  • Four to six servings of fish, poultry or nuts per week
  • Four to five servings of red meat per month

The Mediterranean diet is an example of an anti-inflammatory food plan.

Trying to Eat Healthier Is Always a Good Choice

Right now, the science is unclear about the potential benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet. But generally, experts agree that this style of eating is healthy.1 For people with myasthenia gravis, finding the right diet can be possible with some help from your care provider.

References

  1. American Dietetic Association. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010110(11):1780.
  2. Mayo Clinic. How to use food to help fight inflammation. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. Calder PC. Nutrients. 20102(3):355-374.
  4. Cholewski M, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1662.
  5. Reifen R. Proc Nutr Soc. 200261(3):397-400.
  6. Faber M, et al. J Sci Food Agric. 200787:366-377.
  7. Guillot X, et al. Joint Bone Spine. 201077(6):552-557.
  8. Moulas AN, et al. J Biotechnol. 2018285:91-101.
  9. Yahfoufi N, et al. Nutrients. 201810(11):1618.
  10. Vemuri M, et al. Health Effects of Foods Rich in Polyphenols. In: De Meester F, et al. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Humana Press 2008. https://link-springer-com.turing.library.northwestern.edu/chapter/10.1007/978-1-59745-330-1_27. Accessed July 15, 2020.
  11. Rondanelli M, et al. Nutr Res Rev. 201831(1):131-151.
  12. Rolls BJ, et al. Int J Obes (Lond). 201438(Suppl 1):S1-S8.
  13. Chrysohoou C, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 200444(1):152-158.


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