HEALTHLINE – Whether you’re recovering from an illness or surgery [or simply want to reduce inflammation and improve immune function], the foods and beverages you consume can either help or hinder your recovery.
Many foods, including fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and protein sources, have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve immune function, promote healing, and provide the fuel necessary for you to get on the mend.
Here are some top healing foods that can help your body recover.
1. Leafy green vegetables
Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, arugula, mustard greens, and Swiss chard are packed with nutrients that decrease inflammation, enhance immune function, and improve wound healing, making them the perfect choice to promote recovery.
In fact, research shows that certain polyphenols, including the antioxidant quercetin, that are concentrated in green leafy veggies, may help suppress the production of inflammatory proteins like TNF-alpha. [TNF-alpha is also associated with arthritis. – HH]
Eggs are not only an excellent source of highly absorbable protein, providing 6 grams per large egg (50 grams), but also nutrients that support immune health and wound healing.
Whole eggs contain vitamins A and B12, as well as zinc, iron, and selenium, all of which play vital immune roles.
Salmon is packed with protein, B vitamins, selenium, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fats.
What’s more, studies show that its omega-3 fats may promote wound healing, enhance immune response, and reduce inflammation when taken in supplement form.
Berries are brimming with nutrients and plant compounds that can help support your body’s recovery.
For instance, berries provide ample vitamin C, which promotes wound healing by stimulating the production of collagen — the most abundant protein in your body
5. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds like almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds are a great choice for fueling your body during the recovery process. These foods provide plant-based protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals that support healing.
For example, nuts and seeds are a good source of zinc, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium … READ MORE.