An anti-inflammatory diet – rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and canola oil – has been found to promote longevity. The latest research findings uncovered that individuals who closely adhered to an anti-inflammatory diet had an 18 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality.
Additionally, closely following this diet may reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality by 20 percent and those on the diet had a 13 percent lower risk of cancer mortality compared to those who did not adhere to an anti-inflammatory diet.
Benefits were even seen among smokers who followed closely to an anti-inflammatory diet compared to smokers who did not.
The study looked at 68,273 Swedish men and women over the age of 43 who were followed for 16 years.
Anti-inflammatory potential of a diet was measured using the Anti-Inflammatory Diet Index (AIDI). The index includes 11 potential anti-inflammatory and five potential pro-inflammatory foods.
Anti-inflammatory foods include fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, whole grain bread, breakfast cereal, low-fat cheese, olive oil, canola oil, nuts, chocolate, and moderate amounts of red wine and beer.
Pro-inflammatory foods include processed and unprocessed meat, organ meats, chips, and sodas.
Incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods can go a long way in promoting longevity as it can decrease your risk of certain ailments, which may be triggers for inflammation.