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  • Writer's pictureDietician Neha Rai

Brain Inflammation and Healthy Diet

Brain inflammation, also known as neuroinflammation, can have various causes and may be associated with certain neurological conditions. Diet can play a role in either promoting or reducing brain inflammation.

Foods high in saturated fats, refined sugars, and processed carbohydrates can contribute to inflammation in the body, including the brain. On the other hand, a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods may help reduce brain inflammation. Some examples of anti-inflammatory foods include:

1. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in antioxidants like berries, leafy greens, and colorful fruits.

3. Whole grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, and oats.

4. Nuts and seeds, like walnuts, almonds, and flaxseeds.

5. Healthy fats, such as those found in olive oil and avocados.

6. Turmeric, which contains the compound curcumin known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

In contrast, it's best to limit the consumption of processed foods, sugary beverages, excessive alcohol, and foods high in trans fats.

Remember, while diet can play a role in brain health, it's essential to adopt a balanced lifestyle that includes regular exercise, stress management, and sufficient sleep to support overall well-being and reduce inflammation. If you have concerns about brain inflammation or specific neurological conditions, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance.

Nutritionist Neha Rai

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