The Anti-Inflammatory Diet in Athletes
Image 1. Examples of anti-inflammatory foods (courtesy of Oprah.com)
Image 2. Basic types of dietary fats (courtesy of cfs.gov.hk)
Overall, there is limited evidence looking directly at the role of the anti-inflammatory diet in athletes. Much of the evidence looks at decreases in CRP levels with dietary changes, but do not look at patient’s pain levels. However, the general principles of controlling obesity with an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Mediterranean diet, can lead to improvements in patient’s pain both through the decrease in systemic inflammation and because less stress is placed on joints. Athletes should consider these changes to help live a healthy lifestyle and potentially decrease systemic inflammation.