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Best Inflammation-Fighting Foods Already in Your Fridge and Pantry

Reducing inflammation doesn't require food that is organic or from an expensive health food store. In fact, you've probably had some of these in your kitchen for years.

Chronic inflammation is at the root of most chronic diseases, from heart disease and diabetes to dementia and cancer, but oftentimes, you don't need medicines to fight inflammation. You can fight inflammation with food.

The good news is these inflammation-fighting foods don't have to be organic and expensive, or unusual and hard to find. You don't have to visit special stores or subscribe to monthly deliveries either. In fact, you probably already have some key anti-inflammatory foods stocked in your pantry, fridge, or freezer right now.

Check out this list of 10 top anti-inflammatory kitchen staples.

1. Spices

Pungent spices and dried herbs may seem like they have the potential to aggravate inflammation, but research suggests they actually do the opposite. In fact, their fragrant compounds have been used medicinally in other cultures for years for their anti-inflammatory effects. And while you hear a lot about turmeric, other spices and dried herbs like rosemary, cinnamon, cumin, and ginger all have anti-inflammatory benefits.

2. Legume-based Pasta

Pasta's made with flour from chickpeas, fava beans, and lentils first appeared on shelves nearly a decade ago, and they have quickly grown in popularity. Dompared to refined and whole-grain pasta, these legume-based versions have more protein, fiber, and other nutrients. This helps with satiety and blood glucose management, but it also makes it easier to throw together meat-free pasta meal with ample protein. And getting in a few meatless meals a week lowers inflammation.

3. Canned Tomatoes

Tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C, folate, and potassium, but it's a phytochemical known as lycopene that elevates them to superstar status in the anti-inflammatory food world. Lycopene reduces inflammation connected to cancer and heart disease and cooked or minimally processed tomato products are some of best sources. In fact, tomato pastes, sauces, juices, and other canned products offer up to five times more lycopene per cup compared to fresh.