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Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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There are many different diets that can be considered anti-inflammatory diets. This type of diet is often used to prevent many different health issues.

The anti-inflammatory dietary style involves eating foods that reduce inflammation and avoiding foods that can cause inflammation. Since there is no specific definition for "the anti-inflammatory diet", some diets that are called "anti-inflammatory" might not be. However, some researchers have developed a special guide to gauge if a diet has anti-inflammatory properties. This guide can be used to evaluate whether a person's diet is "anti-inflammatory" or "pro-inflammatory."

Anti-inflammatory dietary styles are most commonly used for cancer and heart disease. They are also used for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of its uses.

Is It Effective?

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NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

Possibly effective
  • Heart disease. Research shows that consuming foods that can prevent inflammation and avoiding foods that cause inflammation might lower the risk for heart complications and death from heart complications.

There is also interest in following an anti-inflammatory dietary style for a number of other reasons, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Is it Safe?


Anti-inflammatory diets are possibly safe when used appropriately. There have been few side effects reported in research. Stomach upset and loose stools have been reported. If you decide to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, make sure that your nutritional needs are being met.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if anti-inflammatory diets are safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Although there is no reason to expect safety concerns, talk with your dietitian or healthcare provider before starting an anti-inflammatory diet during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

Drug interactions

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Herb interactions

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Food interactions

There are no known interactions with foods.


Anti-inflammatory diets involve eating fewer foods that cause inflammation and eating more foods and supplements with anti-inflammatory properties. The appropriate or safe use of an anti-inflammatory diet depends on several factors. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from a healthcare professional before using this type of diet.

Other names

Anti-inflammation diet, Dietary inflammatory index, DII, Low Inflammatory Diet.


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