Chronic inflammation is a serious cause of disease. Many of the diseases associated with the Western diet and Western lifestyle are initially caused by activation of inflammatory pathways, and these remain activated and this causes biochemical aberrations. Obesity may also be caused by activation of inflammation which in turn causes changes to the insulin receptor. Reducing chronic inflammation is therefore important to health and diet is one tool that can be used to achieve this. Two foods that have consistently been shown to decrease levels of inflammation are ginger and pineapple. Ginger contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that are thought to include the phytochemical gingerol. Pineapple is also a strong anti-inflammatory and this may relate to the presence of a number of proteases in the tissues called bromelain. Both ginger and pineapple may work through different mechanisms to control inflammation, and so combining the two together may provide significant synergistic effects.
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