Certain ingredients in our food promote the inflammatory
process. One, for example, is arachidonic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid.
Although the human organism normally produces arachidonic acid itself, most (up
to 90%) is supplied from food. It is contained in foods of animal origin only.
Arachidonic acid fulfills an important function in our body, but in excess it
promotes the formation of mediators and precipitators of the inflammatory
process, especially the "free radicals."
Among substances that reduce the inflammatory
process are the antioxidants: vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene; the minerals
zinc and selenium; and the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. Whereas vitamins
bind and neutralize free radicals, omega-3 fatty acids prevent the formation of
Fats and oils The
inflammatory process also depends on the quality and amount of fats and oils
consumed. For this reason, it's important to eat low-fat foods. Reducing the
amount of dietary fat decreases obesity, helps maintain normal weight, and
reduces stress on the joints. For this reason, it's important to reduce the
consumption of animal fats (lard, butter, cream), fat-laden meat dishes
(sausage, bacon, p�t�s, terrines, etc.), protein, and whole-milk products.
These food groups contain many calories and also inflammation-promoting
In contrast, vegetables don't contain arachidonic acid.
For this reason, vegetable oils are preferable. Wheat germ, sunflower seed, corn
oil and thistle oil as well as oil-containing fruits (walnuts and almonds) are
the main sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. Rapeseed oil, soy oil, walnut
oil, linseed oil, or wheat germ oil contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty
Stay away from pro-inflammatory foods, which accelerate the
aging process. A simple rule of thumb is to consider the following: If it
contains flour, and/or sugar or other sweetener, it will be pro-inflammatory.
Sugary, starchy foods are poor choices and will not only pack on excess pounds,
they will make you look older than your years.
Breads, rolls, baked goods
Cereals (except old fashioned
Corn bread, corn muffins
Fruit juice�choose the fruit
Hard cheese (except for feta and
grating cheeses, such as Romano and Parmesan)
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian
Jams, jellies and preserves
Snack foods, including: potato
chips, pretzels, corn chips, rice and corn cakes, etc.
protein choices (these are also rich in essential fatty acids, which help
facilitate weight loss): Wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, herring, trout, anchovies
and sardines. EAT WILD COUGHT, NOT FARM RAISED.