These Fall Foods Help Fight Psoriatic Inflammation

Julie Cerrone | Oct 25th 2016 Apr 10th 2017

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Fall brings us many delicious, heartwarming foods. But did you realize that many of these foods can truly be helpful to our psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis? Let’s take a look at 12 anti-inflammatory foods that you should incorporate in your diet this beautiful fall season.

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Not only are apples extremely alkalizing, but they have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties as well. This abundant fruit is readily available in the fall and can be added to just about every meal. Add them to your breakfast juice, cut up into a salad for lunch, or dip into nut butter for a delicious snack!

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High in A, C, K, & B-complex vitamins, this fall food is packed with many minerals and phytonutrients! Calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc — to name a few. These nutrients can help arm our immune systems to combat viruses, bacteria, and help us with our psoriatic disease. Try eating it raw and cooked to ensure your body receives all the wonderful benefits of this green veggie!

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Brussels sprouts

Did you know that brussels sprouts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids? Omega-3’s are extremely helpful when it comes to fighting autoimmune conditions. These small green powerhouses also include phytonutrients, vitamins C, A, E, and K, and minerals such as calcium, iron, and manganese. Try roasting at 400 degrees, with a little extra virgin olive oil, pink Himalayan salt, pepper, and garlic, until browned and crunchy!

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High in vitamins C, K, and B-complex, this cruciferous vegetable is excellent for supporting our immune system. High in protein, it’s also a great source of omega-3s. Cauliflower can be used in numerous ways. In addition to being steamed, sautéed, grilled, or roasted, you can chop up raw cauliflower into a rice-like texture to use in nori rolls or as a rice substitute in recipes!

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A well-known diuretic, celery is wonderful at flushing out toxins from our body. It is high in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It helps calm our nervous systems and allows our immune systems to do their jobs efficiently. Eat it raw or start your day with fresh celery juice.

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Not only is cabbage inexpensive, but it’s also a great source of vitamins K, C, and B6. Calcium, choline, phosphorus, selenium, iron, pantothenic acid, protein, niacin, folate, copper — this food is chocked full of nutrients and minerals! Roast it, throw it in a nice fall stew, or eat it raw.

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Did you know that figs are one of the highest sources of calcium easily digested, assimilated, and absorbed into our bodies? Figs are wonderful at providing our bodies with energy to keep them going. They also help repair and restore many of our bodies’ systems — including the immune system!

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When we think of healthy food, we tend to think of kale. And it’s no secret why! It’s a nutrient-packed powerhouse containing omega-3 fatty acids, chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, K, B-complex, and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. It has incredible healing and rejuvenating properties. Try to eat it raw to obtain the most nutrients, but it’s also delicious sautéed in vegetable broth, lightly seasoned with your favorite herbs and spices!

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This anti-inflammatory fruit is called the “gift of the gods” for good reason! Pears contain several anti-cancer properties, the ability to improve insulin sensitivity and contain a great source of iodine, which helps maintain a balanced metabolism. They’re rich in vitamins A, C, E, and alkaline minerals folic acid, niacin, copper, and boron. Bite right into one, add them to your salads, or cook them in your favorite fall dish.

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Pumpkins are packed with vitamins A, C, E, B — vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and phosphorus. This fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) not only has immune-boosting properties, but also contains several anti-aging benefits as well. Next time you need to replenish and balance your electrolytes, reach for some pumpkin. Roast your pumpkin and add it to a salad, puree it and make a smoothie, or add it to a warming stew.

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Pumpkin seeds

Did you know that pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods? These little seeds are an excellent source of tryptophan, vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. They’re high in anti-inflammatory properties, making them a great snack for psoriatic disease patients. Eating the raw seeds will provide you with maximum nutrients. Add them to your salads, snacks, or make some pumpkin seed butter!

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Winter squash

Varieties of winter squash include butternut, acorn, delicata, kabocha, kuri, buttercup, spaghetti, hubbard, golden nugget, and sweet dumpling. Each can be used differently but all are very easy to digest. These are also high in vitamins (A, E, C, B-complex, and beta carotene, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and potassium) which are beneficial to immune and nervous systems. Instead of pasta, roast a spaghetti squash and use as “noodles.” Roast butternut squash to make an alternative to mashed potatoes, or make a sweet dessert by sweetening with maple syrup and cinnamon!

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It’s important to remember that each of us will have a different reaction to these foods. While they may be anti-inflammatory in nature, with psoriatic disease (or any other autoimmune condition) these foods may end up being inflammatory to our bodies. If you want to identify the foods which cause your body inflammation, learn more about completing an elimination diet.

NEXT: Your Psoriatic Arthritis Survival Kit
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