Diet to reduce risk of heart disease, cancers and Alzheimer’s disease

Stacey C. Slagle

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How to live longer: Anti-inflammatory diet

Inflammation is the buzz word when it comes to promoting certain types of diseases and cancers. Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. By following an anti-inflammatory diet, you can fight off inflammation for good. By eating an anti-inflammatory diet, a person to reduce their risk of life-shortening sicknesses to boost longevity.

An anti-inflammatory diet could slash patients’ risk of death by cardiovascular disease or cancer, revealed Swedish scientists at the Karolinska Institute.

The diet plan lowered the chances of early death in almost 70,000 people by 18 percent, a study claimed.

Their risk of cardiovascular death was lowered by 20 percent.

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the role of inflammation in promoting cancer was investigated.

The study noted: “Inflammation can become chronic if the cause of the inflammation persists or certain control mechanisms in charge of shutting down the process fail.

“When these inflammatory responses become chronic, cell mutation and proliferation can result, often creating an environment that is conducive to the development of cancer.

“Inflammation is often associated with the development and progression of cancer.

“The cells responsible for cancer-associated inflammation are genetically stable and thus are not subjected to rapid emergence of drug resistance; therefore, the targeting of inflammation represents an attractive strategy both for cancer prevention and for cancer therapy.”

Chronic inflammation develops when your immune system starts attacking healthy tissues. These attacks cause episodes of inflammation even when your body isn’t injured or sick. Over time, persistent inflammation can damage your organs and tissues.

Many diseases are linked to chronic inflammation, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Some cancers

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How to live longer: Inflammation

Many major diseases that plague us including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s have been linked to chronic inflammation, said Harvard Health.

The site added: “Choose the right anti-inflammatory foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness.

“Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.”

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
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