Here are the top 10 spices that will help reduce inflammation. Multiple university and medical studies have been conducted that identify the chemicals in these herbs and spices which do help to reduce inflammation in the body. Rather than eating foods high in fats, salts and sugars, stick to eating healthy spices (which you can easily get in our Garam Masala, Curry Powder or Tandoori Masala Powder).
Inflammation is a major topic in the press, medical and internet these days. There has been an abundant amount of research on the latest adverse affects of inflammation such as chronic diseases including cancer. I’ve put together a list of the top 10 spices that can help manage your inflammation with your regular doctors treatment. Think of these spices as a supplemental force that can increase the potency of your doctors recommended treatments.
Top 10 Anti Inflammation Spices
Turmeric is a strong yellow spice common in Indian food that you can find in almost all grocery stores. Turmeric has been used as medicine for centuries to treat injury, digestion, infections, colds, and liver disease. The curcumin compound in turmeric is the main reason we have this wonderful anti inflammatory spice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3400101/
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been praised for centuries, and scientific studies http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16117603 have confirmed its benefits.
Studies have proven that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to ease swelling in your body. Keep a supply of cinnamon in your kitchen and sprinkle it in your coffee or tea, and on top of your oatmeal. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15710356
The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic have been proven to ease arthritis symptoms. And a little bit goes a long way in many dishes. Use fresh garlic in almost any savory dish for added flavor and health benefits. Some have also said garlic helps reduce coughing, cholesterol and blood pressure. http://arthritis-research.com/content/11/5/r145
Cayenne and other hot chili peppers like paprika have been hailed for their health benefits since ancient times. All chili peppers contain natural compounds called capsaicinoids. These are ideal for colon health and other anti-inflammatory needs. Eat spicy food. http://www.maturitas.org/article/S0378-5122(11)00438-5/fulltext#sec0035
6. Black Pepper
Black pepper is not a chili. Known as the “Master of Spices,” black pepper has been treasured for its flavor and anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory capabilities. http://www.omicsonline.org/scientific-reports/srep129.php
Cloves have been used to treat upset stomach, nausea, and inflammation of the mouth and throat. They are especially added to tea to manage coughs and reduce anxiety. They are powerful little guys so don’t overuse them. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/251.html
Digestive aid which helps to prevent flatulence and settle your queasy stomach and soothe nausea. Cilantro can also help with the digestive tract to produce digestive enzymes, as well as more digestive juices. Great if you need to increase good bacteria in your intestines.
Nutmeg been found to reduce cholesterol but also with a focus on LDL (aka bad cholesterol), reduce blood pressure and anxiety. All of this can contribute to inflammation in the body.
10. Mint leaves
The therapeutic effects of fresh peppermint leaves have been known since ancient times and its aromatic aroma has come to symbolize hospitality in many cultures. Perfect for helping with your digestive tract, breath and supports the growth of good bacteria.