5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Crohn’s Flare-Up Relief

Inflammation is a big problem for those of us with Crohn’s disease. I often feel discomfort in my joints and feet the most during a Crohn’s flare-up, something like throbbing and tingling. When we feel bad it’s important to focus on being healthy and eating well. Improving your diet can go a long way towards better health and often the effects can be felt right away. When I’m feeling at my worst, the right food can send positive vibes throughout my body, filling me with positive energy, my cells are being nourished and energized.

Try introducing at least two of these foods into your Crohn’s diet plan. These 5 foods are among the best you can eat for reducing inflammation, safely and without corporate drugs:

1. Extra-virgin olive oil

High in omega-9 fatty acids, olive oil has the highest amount of this heart-healthy monounsaturated fat of any oil. Look for high quality olive oils which contain lots of antioxidants — providing cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits. The first step in everything I cook is to add extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) to a hot pan, shortly followed by 1-2 cloves of minced garlic.


2. Garlic

Garlic’s power can lower cholesterol and reduce blood clots, which lowers high blood pressure naturally. And raw garlic is a potent antibiotic, especially against fungal infections. Cook with 1-2 cloves of garlic whenever you can.


3. Salmon

We who suffer from anti-inflammatory bowl diseases would greatly benefit from eating fresh, wild salmon once or twice a week for the very desirable omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, decrease inflammation and even improve our mood. Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is one of the best sources for omega-3 and low in the inflammation-causing omega-6 fatty acid.

Avoid farm-raised salmon at all costs. They’re fed corn, which creates an imbalance of omega-3 & 6 oils and can actually cause more harm than good.


4. Blueberries

Filled with powerful antioxidants: a half cup of blueberries is equivalent to the antioxidant power of five servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash or broccoli! And what can we look forward to from eating these naturally sweet treats? Reduced risk of cancer, urinary track infections, stroke, heart disease and even improved motor and memory skills. They’re great in banana smoothies, too.


5. Turmeric

Antiseptic and antibacterial, it’s a major ingredient in Indian curries and the source of mustard’s bright yellow color. It’s been linked to positive health benefits like reduced risk of cancer, Arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.


This short food list represents my favorite foods to quell the Crohn’s pain & discomfort as well as improve my overall mood. I notice that eating good foods really does make me physically feel happy, especially when I’ve been eating poorly for a few days.

Share your thoughts in the comments. What are some of your favorite anti-inflammatory diet foods for finding some relief in a Crohn’s flare-up?

Comments & thoughts

  1. Deborah Donner says:

    Cod Liver Oil! You should add this to your list. Cod Liver Oil has helped my husband treat his Crohn’s. He has tried every pill, IV treatment and surgeries that cost so much to make a person poor. Has had Crohn’s since 1980. He has been taking Cod Liver Oil for the last 6 years and now he is Crohn’s free!

  2. The Dude says:

    Cannabis oil or cannabis butter. Internet search about it :)

  3. Álvaro says:

    Your first four are my basic staples and source of Epicurean delight:
    Garlic sautéd in extra virgin olive almost every night. Broiled salmon fillet for dinner at least once a week. Blueberries or bananas with cereal and almond milk for breakfast. Lately, I am sipping turmeric/ginger tea by Nishi. We are together in this — enjoy it

  4. Steven says:

    Don’t forget garlic it will quell the pain and you will wonder where the crohn’s went.1 head of garlic a day anyway you want to eat it will clear up the Crohn problem for you.Remember we are what we eat.

  5. Justpassing says:


    Really? 1 head of garlic?? like 8 or 9 cloves a day? Do you want to bleed to death?

  6. anita says:

    Onions absolutely kill me weather I have a flare up or not Will shallots do the same?

  7. Alex Whiteside says:

    Garlic, fish oil and 95 % curcumin are the way to reduce inflammation and taking a probiotic yakult yoghurt- no more crohns- what ever works for you is what you should use- not everything cures everyone.

    Stay well all.

  8. Jessica Hart says:

    Deborah Donner that is so amazing!! My husband has been fighting Crohn’s for the last 13 years. Could you share how your husband takes the Cod Liver oil please?

  9. rajesh says:

    onions consumption increases cronhs flare up


    Fruit like blueberries, raspberries, grapes are not good for my Crohn’s. Soft fruits are better and easier digested. It’s almost impossible to have one particular diet that works. A sufferer has to develop their own diet plan. I find that gp’s are far from knowledgeable about Crohn’s.

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