Some of this seems okay, some seems rather anecdotal. You decide.
Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices (Tumeric) Tumeric contains a known anti-inflammatory, called curcumin. Tumeric has a peppery, smoky flavor, and is often added to curries and mustard preparations. The Brits tell us that tumeric inhibits the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins (I worry about its selectivity) and COX inhibitors, much like the prescription drug, Celebrex. Other sources are ginger, garlic, rosemary, and cinnamon.
Non Animal Protein Source (Salmon)
Canned salmon sounds awful, why not eat fresh salmon? Salmon is the fish highest in omega-3 fatty acids, a known inflammation fighter. It is available in cans year-around. But I also see it in the stores as FRESH, or at least fresh frozen, year around now. Also, high in omegas are tuna, cod, halibut, mackerel, herring, and anchovies. Plant sources for omegas are: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed, lentils, soybeans, and black beans. The extra gas will also lighten your load.
Healthy Fats (Coconut Oil) Latest and greatest trend, where even Trader Joe’s has gotten into the action. Supporters say that it is good fuel for the cells that line the gut, which is needed for good immune system function. The best idea I have seen is to use it for popping popcorn, since it is light and slightly sweet. The healthy fat in the coconut oil helps with proinflammatory hormones, which fight stress to cells, and help the healing process. Others in this category are olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocados, ground flax, and nut butters. Just watch the high calorie count.
Plants (kale) Do you remember when kale was used strictly as a garnish, or to line the bottom of a serving plate? But kale is high fiber, low in calories, and oh so rich in bioflavanoids. I have several recipes for blending it into my smoothies. Baked kale chips are also tasty and easy to make. The rule of thumb is the richer the color, the more antioxidants inside! Kale and a plant based diet protect lipid membranes and DNA from oxidative damage. In this category, add lentils, beans, and all dark green, purple, yellow, red, and blue fruit and vegetables.
Probiotics Greek yogurt is the rage now, since it is low in fat, and high in protein. I have been adding it to my fruit and veggie smoothies. This has twice the protein of regular yogurt. The probiotics help populate the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. Also, it is a great source of Vitamin D, and safer than sunlight. The balance of bacteria in the gut is key to good health in general, and good digestive health in particular. A good time to consume is after a round of antibiotics. Other good sources are kimchee, kaefir, and sauerkraut. I wonder if that awful injera I had at an Ethiopian restaurant qualifies as fermented food for good gut health?
Lots of Water (for tea) Green tea powder is more concentrated and versatile than other green tea preparations. The powder is preferable since you are consuming the entire leaf, not just the extract. Green tea powder is easily added to smoothies, baked goods, soups, and lattes. Water is needed by our liver to help detox, and keeps things refreshed on a cellular level. Black tea and coffee do share some of these properties, though not as powerfully.
There it is folks. The latest and greatest on staying alive longer and better. See you in another 20 years or so.