Chronic inflammation in our bodies appear to be the root of all evil! That may be a little dramatic, but truly it is the common denominator in a multitude of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and IBS to name a few. We should be paying really close attention to what we eat in order to combat inflammation and get our food working for us!
The good news is this meal contains all anti-inflammatory components.
Just the dressing alone contains;
Pure maple syrup which contains quebecol a polyphenol that has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Mustard seeds contain glucosinolates and omega-3 fatty acids both of which are known to be anti-inflammatory and can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease amongst many other beneficial properties.
Horseradish is often an overlooked herb. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat various health disorders. It contains high levels of glucosinolate (just like the mustard seeds) as well as having antibacterial properties. It is high in antioxidants and even aids in digestion.
Tahini contains selenium which behaves as an antioxidant and helps lower inflammation. Sesamol also has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Clearly roasted veggies have a lot of good things going for them too;
Cauliflower is loaded with vitamin C and is known for its anti- inflammatory properties and combat oxidative stressors. It also contains vitamin K, good for bone health and choline which helps in both sleep and memory function!
Brussel Sprouts contain phytonutrients which lowers inflammation and polyphenols that fight oxidative stress, there is also a lot of vitamin C, K and are high in fiber.
Parsnips contain compounds called furanocoumarins, flavonoids and polyacetylenes. These all are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. They also help regulate blood pressure since they behave similar to vasodilators.
Butternut Squash contains vitamin C and beta carotene both of which are thought to help decrease inflammation.It contains loads of vitamin A, B6, niacin and folate to name a few.
Anaheim Chili contains Vitamins C, A, B and E, some say that capsaicin helps bring down inflammation and protect your cells as well.
The toppings aren’t too shabby either;
Dehydrated berries are a powerhouse of antioxidants, especially cranberries. Consistent consumption of cranberries lowers c-reactive proteins that is a blood marker of inflammation and can trigger early aging, chronic diseases, and mental decline.
Cannellini beans contain fiber, protein, antioxidants and phytonutrients all assisting in the anti-inflammation battle.