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Spices that Help with Inflammation

October 13, 2017 / Food




There are many things that can trigger inflammation in the body; such as disease, stress, and certain substances like drugs and alcohol. Fighting inflammation can be tricky, especially if you are prone to getting sick a lot. Inflammation can cause all sorts of problems in the body, including damage to our joints and bones. When the body is exposed to too much inflammation for no reason, via stress or poor lifestyle habits, this can lead to some serious health problems. You can be more prone to pain, headaches, a drop in immune system function, and reduced organ function. So, it is important to fight inflammation as much as you are able. One of the easiest ways to aid in adding a little inflammation fighters to your life is through your spice cabinet. It is quick, easy, and you can use them as a tea or in a recipe.

 

Turmeric:

Contains a compound called curcumin that is a natural anti-inflammatory. It helps the body fight invaders and aids in the repair of any damage the body has sustained. Some say that the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can match the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

Ginger:

Is closely related to turmeric and has been shown to help lower inflammation in the body. It is best known for treating degenerative disorders like osteoarthritis and rheumatism (a painful condition that affects connective tissue and joints). It also aids in gastrointestinal inflammation like IBS and esophagitis. Ginger has also been known for its soothing properties when it comes to nausea and stomach pain. It is one of those herbal remedies that has been around for thousands of years.

 

Cayenne Pepper:

I am sure this is not the spice that comes to mind when you think anti-inflammatory; but, nonetheless, it definitely belongs on this list. Cayenne pepper gives a real kick to our circulation, allowing the capillaries of the body to open and push toxins out of our system. It also helps to regulate blood sugar and eliminate acidity, both of which can lead to high inflammation in the body.

 

Cloves:

This little spice contains pain-killing properties and can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of arthritis pain. Cloves do this by killing off bad bacteria that can harm the body. One major strain known as E.coli can lead to cramps, diarrhea, and, in extreme cases, death. Cloves can also aid in oral health, reduce bone loss, and promote good liver health.

 

Cinnamon:

Containing numerous health properties, cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the world. Cinnamon lowers swelling in the body, which can aid in helping reduce pain and muscle soreness. This spice contains 7 different kinds of flavonoids that are effective in fighting inflammation, making it a great spice to add to your spice cabinet for better health.

 

Garlic:

We probably all know garlic as the disease-fighting spice but did you it also helps with inflammation. Because it is so effective in fighting disease, it is super helpful in reducing inflammation in the body. It also aids in the circulatory system in the body, allowing harmful toxins to leave the body and inflammation to be reduced. Garlic is one of those spices that is not only popular but loaded with all sorts of herbal health benefits.

 

Sage:

If you have respiratory or digestive issues, this is the spice for you. Sage contains flavonoids and phenolic compounds that are the reason for its anti-inflammatory properties. When steeped, it provides a soothing effect on the body. You can use it in a tea or as an aromatherapy remedy, depending on the type of issue you’re having.