Anti-Inflammatory Food for Fall

Inflammation is linked to a wide variety of ailments – from asthma, chronic peptic ulcers and rheumatoid arthritis to periodontitis, Crohn’s disease and more. The good news? Fighting back against these health conditions could start with a simple trip to your local grocery store. Spend a few moments with us, and we’ll show you some common fruits and vegetables that can help you fight inflammation this fall and beyond!

5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Enjoy This Fall

If you think pumpkin spiced everything is the extent of the fall menu, you’re missing out on some truly turbocharged foods that are perfectly in season this time of year. Not only are these items good to eat; they’re good against inflammation, too. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Apples. Forgive the low-hanging fruit, but no list of fall foods would be complete without this staple. Turns out, apples are good for more than just pie. They also pack a powerful, anti-inflammatory punch! It’s all thanks to something called quercetin, which regulates the immune system and reduces inflammation.
  2. Broccoli. This hearty fall vegetable is great as a side dish, or as a main course paired with a medley of oven-roasted vegetables. And, thanks to the vegetable’s naturally occurring vitamin K, it can also help regulate inflammation.  
  3. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes pack more nutrients than regular old baking potatoes, plus they taste like nature’s candy. Except, unlike the candy you find at the end of the checkout line, these robust root vegetables can also help reduce inflammation thanks to the ample presence of beta-carotene.
  4. Leafy Greens. Kale. Spinach. Arugula. Chard. These green giants all have two important things in common. They come into season during the fall and they contain loads of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Throw them together in a salad, and you’ve got an inflammation-fighting dream team.
  5. Pumpkins, Cinnamon & Ginger. This one is as close as we’re getting to the ubiquitous “pumpkin spice.” Like sweet potatoes, pumpkins contain beta-carotene, a naturally occurring compound believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Same goes for cinnamon and ginger. That doesn’t quite make your pumpkin spice latte healthy, but it certainly doesn’t hurt!

Eating Healthy at Western Home Communities

At Western Home Communities, we’re proud of our independent living communities and the remarkable people who call them home. We’d love for you to join us for a tour so you can experience our way of life for yourself. While you’re here, be sure to join us for a meal so you can taste the difference, too! Schedule a visit today, or contact us to speak with a friendly representative.