Foods for an inflamed pancreas can be grown in your own soil or easily purchased at your local grocery. Always choose organic varieties of these anti inflammatory foods to avoid environmental toxins such as pesticides. To heal an inflamed pancreas you need to adhere to an anti inflammatory diet.
Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Most foods are not anti-inflammatory and if you are trying to formulate your own anti-inflammation pancreatitis diet you want to eat foods that fight inflammation. Foods that are anti-inflammatory can be broken down into five groups that include:
Spices and Herbs
1) Spices and Herbs. Certain spices are strongly anti-inflammatory and can be easily used to put out the fire of an inflamed pancreas simply by adding them to your diet.
Garlic in every form, raw, powder, or cooked. When cooking the less it is cooked the more beneficial it is in regards to its myriad of benefits. For best results use 3 fresh raw cloves daily or one teaspoon of garlic powder by adding it to your meals.
Cayenne Pepper is one herb and spice that you should get to know inside and out. It is one of the most effective and highly anti-inflammatory herbs available and that is exactly why you find it in so many topical pain medications for such things as arthritis.
Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and this potency is attributed to phenolic compounds called gingerols. In several studies ginger has been shown to be very useful in reducing pain and swelling for those who suffer from arthritis along with actually killing ovarian cancer cells.
Turmeric is a very potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects and when combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and even stop the growth of existing cancer.
2) Vegetables. Some of the more highly anti-inflammatory veggies are brussels sprouts, broccoli, beet greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, green chili peppers, and spinach. Other good choices include carrots, green snap beans, green leaf lettuce, asparagus, cauliflower and sweet green peppers.
3) Fruits. Raw oranges (not store-bought juice), raw papaya, raw avocado (especially California variety), tomatoes (yes they are a fruit), pink and red grapefruit, strawberries (raw), raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, apricots (raw), cantaloupe (raw). Most other fruits believe it or not have inflammatory properties. Avocado is rich in fat (avoid). The fats found in avocado may be healthy for most people but for those with an inflamed pancreas they are not so good. So …
Fruits are excellent even though they are mostly inflammatory in nature. The reason they are good is because they contain HUGE amounts of phytonutrients (flavonoids) that fight inflammation. This fact makes it difficult to understand how fruits can be considered inflammatory foods. This is a case where the “pros” outweigh the “cons.” Fresh fruit is good. Avoid the “oily” fruits such as avocado and coconut and you should be fine.
Nuts and Seeds
4) Nuts and Seeds. Almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachio, hickory, brazil, hazel and macadamia nuts offer excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Flax Seed is strongly anti-inflammatory and has the added benefit of being a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. The only problem with nuts and seeds (sunflower, flax), even though they are highly anti-inflammatory, is they are full of fat. It may be healthy fat but fat is fat when it comes to an inflamed pancreas so tread very cautiously. Caraway, yellow mustard, dill, cumin and celery seeds also offer some anti-inflammatory properties.
5) Fish. Wild salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout are the most anti-inflammatory and also have the highest amount of beneficial fish oil. Fish oil is still oil and oil is fat. Until you are healed up nicely you may want to avoid “oily” fish like those I just mentioned and …
Stick to white meat fish such as perch, bass, red snapper, tilapia, crappie etc. The white meat fish have plenty of nutrients and protein but not nearly as much oil/fat.
I’m sure there are other somewhat safe foods for an inflamed pancreas, in the veggie and fruit categories, but those are some of the better ones.
If you haven’t done so already what you really need to do as well is to start a journal. Your own food diary. So that you know what you can and can’t eat. There is a right way and a wrong way to do your food diary so before you simply start eating and writing learn more here.