Foods that may help prevent Secondary Conditions

Oct 05, 2011
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Coronary heart disease and diabetes are leading causes of death among people who have a disability. While it can’t be noticed during development, the gradual increase in overweight leads to inflammation of the cells in the body. This inflammation increases the risk of coronary heart disease which is the most common cause of death for people with diabetes.

While weight reduction and reduction in the intake of salt, fat and processed sugar have been shown helpful in restoring a person to health, there are also some dietary choices among foods that may also be of assistance.  If a person wanted to help themselves to health, they could gradually replace some of the less healthy foods they eat with some foods from this list while also cutting down on salt intake, fat intake and eating processed sugar.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provided the following list of anti-inflammatory foods:

1.       Salmon: anti-inflammatory fats Omega-3e

2.       Grass-fed beef (rather than grain fed beef): higher Omega-3e

3.       Olive Oil: especially “extra virgin” or “cold pressed” rather than other cooking oils

4.       Salads: raw dark green lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and other salad vegetables are rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients that reduce inflammation.

5.       Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and Kale. These are called “cruciferous vegetables” and they contain the nutrient sulfur, which helps the body to make its own antioxidants and fight inflammation.

6.       Cherries

7.       Blueberries

8.       Tumeric- a spice

9.       Ginger

10.   Garlic

11.   Green Tea

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Author: Tanya