Food that reduce inflammation

Dark leafy greens:

  1. Kale: It’s an excellent source of vitamins A C, and K, has a good amount of calcium for a vegetable, and also supplies folate and potassium. Kale’s ruffle-edged leaves may range in color from cream to purple to black depending on the variety.

  2. Collards: Used in Southern-style cooking, collard greens are similar in nutrition to kale. But they have a heartier and chewier texture and a stronger cabbage-like taste. The old savory dish can be cooked in a healthy yummy way too.

  3. Turnip greens: Turnip leaves are another Southern favorite also you can get two for the price of one if you buy turnips with the tops still on.. More tender than other greens and needing less cooking, this sharp-flavored leaf is low in calories yet loaded with vitamins A,C, and K as well as calcium.

  4. Swiss chard: With red stems, stalks, and veins on its leaves, Swiss chard has a beet-like taste and soft texture that’s perfect for sauteing. Both Swiss chard and spinach contain oxalates, which are slightly reduced by cooking and can bind to calcium, a concern for people prone to kidney stones. Chard is a good source of vitamins A and C.

  5. Spinach: Packed with vitamins A and C, as well as folate. And because heat reduces the green’s oxalate content, freeing up its dietary calcium. Spinach leaves can be cooked quickly in the water that remains on them after rinsing, or they can be eaten raw in salads. I buy bags of frozen chopped spinach to add to soups, pasta dishes, and casseroles.

  6. Mustard greens:  Hooray for another Southern green with a similar nutrition profile to turnip leaves and collards, mustard greens have scalloped edges and come in red and green varieties. They have a peppery taste and give off a mustardy smell during cooking. Their spiciness can be toned down by adding an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice, toward the end of cooking.

  7. Broccoli: Rich in vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and folate. Its stalks and florets add both crunch and color to stir-fries. These delicious trees are fun for dipping when raw and in cold salads

  8. Red and Green Leaf and Romaine Lettuce: These lettuces are high in vitamin A and offer some folate. Leaf lettuces have a softer texture than romaine, a crunchy variety used in Caesar salads.

  9. Cabbage: Although paler in color than other leafy greens they coming in dark purple too, this vegetable is a great source of cancer-fighting compounds and vitamin C. Cabbage can be cooked, added raw to salads or stir fries, shredded into a slaw, or made into sauerkraut.

Peppers are rich in capsaicin, a chemical that’s used in topical creams that reduce pain and inflammation.

Tomatoes Juicy red tomatoes, specifically, are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones, so tomato sauce works, too.  Please note that for some people it can increase inflammation if they are allergic.

Beets have been shown to reduce inflammation, as well as protect against cancer and heart disease, thanks to their hearty helping of fiber, vitamin C and plant pigments called betalains.

Ginger has been shown to reduce inflammation in the intestines when taken in supplement form.

Turmeric works in the body by helping to turn off a NF-kappa B, a protein that regulates the immune system and triggers the process of inflammation.

Garlic has been shown to work similarly to NSAID pain medications (like ibuprofen), shutting off the pathways that lead to inflammation.

Onions contain similar anti-inflammatory chemicals fighting sulfenic acid.

Berries Studies have shown, for example, that red raspberry extract helped prevent animals from developing arthritis; that blueberries can help protect against intestinal inflammation and ulcerative colitis;

Tart cherries it’s been shown to help athletes improve their performance and reduce their use of anti-inflammatory pain meds.

Here is a list of some of the things that are now a part of my life because of cancer.

  • I have Anemia.  Annoying but I have got that under control.
  • Arthritis developed in my joint after my IL2 treatment.  I’ve got this managed with over the counter anti inflammatories but it suck.   I started walking and exercising and that seems to help but it is difficult.
  • I am on replacement Thyroid meds and if I am without them for too long I will go into a coma it gives me a laugh when I think about it but it’s what I have to deal with.
  • Sadly I am obese and that is the result of stress, bad diet because I am stressed, depression because of the cancer, and with the arthritis it hard to keep up with exercising so it just a compound issue.
  • Because of the obesity I now have diabetes and that is just not fun but I am working on fighting that with diet.

Update 1/15/14

All clear so far but I still need to have a thyroid test this year and a PET/CT scan to confirm no new cancer.  I’ve started out this year with knee surgery to repair a badly torn Meniscus and I am recovering well.  The next plan for my health is to have surgery to shrink my stomach so that can reduce my weight and better manage my health.

Update 12/27/12

All of my tests have come back good that is good.

I have cancer of more than one type but I have battled it well and I have fought the good fight.

My inspiration

♥If you think that this is hard well you are absolutely right because it is of something beyond your control is more than most can imagine. People say I am strong and courageous and I can’t say they are wrong but from my end of things I couldn’t even think of handling these crazy medical issues in any other way.

♠My first cancer Malignant Melanoma IV, the second is Papillary Thyroid cancer and both have been treated and I am doing well.  I will always need to be on medication and I am annoyed by that but of course it is better than dying.

♦ When I was first diagnosed I had this horrible mole on my right shoulder that I was ignoring because that was easy for a long time but my friends all begged me to have it looked at.

When I did see a nurse about it she scheduled an emergency appointment with a dermatologist then he in turn did a scraping and then put a rush on the lab work.  It was Tuesday when I went for my appointment and I knew by Friday that I had cancer.    That was the 20th of July 2007 and almost a month later I was in surgery to remove the cancer and my lymph nodes to find out if it had spread… it had.  I have to say that the hospital was great and I was in the new tower for surgery and my family and friends were very supported while I was drugged up.

♣The next step I took was getting a specialist for my skin cancer and that happened to be Dr. John Smith II and he saw me through one the most horrible treatments ever IL2.

  • One of my favorite and most often used saying is that “I am out of spoons” and it is based on the following story published on a site called “but you don’t look sick” and  I love it and recommend it be read.

I now have no thyroid but I do have this really cool scar.  There is a great hole in my right shoulder that looks like a caught a meteorite with it or they tore off my wing and this is all to say that the scar is pretty epic.



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  2. i just moved in with a new roommate who has cancer all over the place, i don’t even know all the areas. she is amazing and keeps going. she lives as though she isn’t dying. i’m sure i will get to see the difficult hours now that i am living with her. she start another 6 months of chemo soon. but reading some of your blog here reminded me of her, and laude your courage to keep living as well. every day is an opportunity to make beauty out of ashes and pass that beauty on to others. thanks for blogging:)


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