Chances are, you’ve heard of inflammation. It’s develops in our bodies and has no outwardly recognizable symptoms, but it does have long-term links to diabetes, cancer and arthritis. A new study published in Neurology suggests it may also take a toll on your mental health, leading to brain shrinkage and Alzheimer’s in middle age. Yikes. Luckily, you can make a few small changes in your diet to give inflammation a kick in the butt. (Just talk to your doctor first, OK?)
The Ultimate Quinoa Avocado Bowl
What’s ultra-creamy and contains a supernatural blend of antioxidants and unsaturated fats? You guessed it: Avocado. According to a UCLA study published in the journal Food & Function, it sets to work immediately.
Turmeric Cauliflower Egg Skillet
Yep, the bright yellow spice is seriously trendy right now. But it also contains a compound called curcumin, which purportedly relieves inflammation, our friends at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center tell us.
Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Cruciferous veggies (hi, cauliflower) are packed with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that eating them regularly might even reduce your risk of developing cancer. We knew there was a reason we loved you so much.
Brussels Sprouts Skillet with Crispy Pancetta-Garlic Bread Crumbs
We’re going to just stick with cruciferous veggies from here on out.
Savory Tomato Tart
This gorgeous creation is also full of lycopene, a chemical compound shown to suppress inflammation, says a study published in the journal of Nutrition Research and Practice. Tomatoes, we thank you.
Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board
Popeye’s favored green is brimming with a mix of antioxidants that boost your immune system and reduce inflammation, according to Harvard Medical School. It’s best to eat it raw, so dig into this work of art.
Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment
Our favorite type of seafood is an omega-3 powerhouse, helping us produce anti-inflammatory compounds and keep existing inflammation at bay, per researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Here, an extremely speedy, mess-free way to cook it.
The summer staple lowers levels of one of the blood proteins used to measure inflammation. Tart cherries are especially effective, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Dessert anyone?