6 Indispensable Food for Chronic Inflammation Prevention: Why Coffee and Chocolate Cause Mouth Ulcer and How Tea Drinking Can Raise the Risk of Cancer

Nov 24, 2015 09:40 AM EST | By A. M.

Chronic inflammation within the body may occur due to various causes.  For example, hot drinks that are taken regularly while scaldingly hot may lead to chronic inflammation of the esophagus, which may eventually lead to esophageal cancer.  A study in Northern Iran on tea drinkers found that regular tea drinking, when done while the drink is over 65 degrees Celsius in temperature, is linked to a risk of contracting esophageal cancer that is eight times higher than those who drink tea that have had time to cool down. 

When taken while the drink is from 60 to 65 degrees Celsius in temperature, tea drinkers may have twice the risk of developing esophageal cancer compared to those who drink tea that are of moderate temperatures.

Other chronic inflammations may begin as ulcers.  Individuals who have sensitivity to theobromine in chocolate or salicylic acid in blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, coffee, almonds, cheese and tomatoes may develop mouth ulcers.

Maureen Jenkins from the charity Allergy UK says, 'A few people report developing mouth ulcers after eating these foods - but it's not technically an allergy and is not accompanied by other allergic symptoms, such as hives.'  While such ulcers should disappear quite quickly, persistent ones should raise an alarm. 

Professor Stephen Porter of the University College London Eastman Dental Institute advises: 'The key is not what each ulcer looks like, but how long it takes to heal. Any that hang around longer than three weeks need referral for investigations, as there could be an underlying medical issue."

While there are many other similar cause-and-effect scenarios that lead to chronic inflammation, what can one do before getting to the actual point of chronic inflammation?  Here a few natural food sources that may assist in preventing chronic inflammation:

#1: Omega 3 fatty acids found in such food as Chia seeds and fish are well-recommended anti-inflammatory food.

#2: Aloe Vera juice when taken in correct quantities may be used as an anti-inflammatory remedy for the digestive tract.

#3: The phytosterol fats in avocados, including beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol are found to provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the systems in the body. This includes the cardiovascular system.

#4: Dark green-leaved vegetables, including spinach, collards, broccoli and kale provide a cooling effect to the body, especially where inflammation occurs.

#5: The gingerol compounds found in ginger serve as very effective anti-inflammatory agents. Individuals who have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis find a reduction in their pain and immobility issues through regular consumption of ginger.

#6:  Dr. Andrew Weil relates: "Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme)... curcumin - the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects - is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms."

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