In a recent study, researchers found that adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet was linked to lower risks of dying from any cause, dying from cardiovascular causes, and dying from cancer.
The study involved 68,273 Swedish men and women aged 45 to 83 years who were followed for 16 years.
The researchers found participants who most closely followed an anti-inflammatory diet had an 18% lower risk of all-cause mortality, a 20% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality, and a 13% lower risk of cancer mortality.
In addition, smokers who followed the diet experienced even greater benefits when compared with smokers who did not follow the diet.
Anti-inflammatory foods consist of fruits and vegetables, tea, coffee, whole grain bread, breakfast cereal, low-fat cheese, olive oil and canola oil, nuts, chocolate, and moderate amounts of red wine and beer.
Pro-inflammatory foods include unprocessed and processed red meat, organ meats, chips, and soft-drink beverages.
The team suggests that their dose-response analysis showed that even partial adherence to the anti-inflammatory diet may provide a health benefit.
The lead author is Dr. Joanna Kaluza, an associate professor at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, in Poland
The finding is published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
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Source: Journal of Internal Medicine.