Jan 18, 2024
Inflammation may be a health buzzword, but an anti-inflammatory diet is more than a trend—it can help you live a healthy life and age well.
"An anti-inflammatory style of eating is very important. Inflammation is a significant contributing factor in the development of chronic medical conditions," says Nancy Mazarin, M.S., RD, CDN, a dietitian in Long Island, New York, who offers medical nutrition therapy and weight management.
That said, it’s important to clarify the different types of inflammation. Acute inflammation, the short-term inflammation that happens as the result of, say, scraping your knee or getting sick with a cold, is a healthy and normal body response. It's chronic inflammation that's so insidious. "We are sending out inflammatory cells when we are not injured or sick," says Mazarin. As a result, diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes are all linked to inflammation. "We want to squelch the fire of chronic inflammation," she says.