5 Spices that Fight Inflammation
Health, nutrition, wellness, exercise and longevity experts suggest including fruits and vegetables to the diet to live a long and healthy life. But it does not stop there. Why not also include spices? A sprinkle of spices here and there does not only make meals taste richer and smell fragrant. It also helps the body fight inflammation triggering diseases including cancer.
Inflammation is the body’s instinctive response against infection and injury. It causes swelling, redness or numbness on the affected area. On the bright side, it helps the body protect and repair itself. But if it persists, one must check in with a doctor and add these anti-inflammatory spices in the diet.
This yellow root has been around in Indian kitchens for centuries. Aside from enhancing the flavor and color of curries and mustards and promoting good digestion, turmeric is also used to improve overall health. Studies show that its active ingredient, Curcumin, is rich in antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals that cause inflammation. It also has anti-cancer properties that can stop the growth of tumor and cancer cells and aids in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, which is typically diagnosed as inflammation of the brain. Turmeric can be juiced as well as added to a green smoothie. Be careful though as turmeric is a very pungent spice!
Aside from enhancing the flavor of soups and poultry, Ginger is also used to reduce inflammation. Also been around for centuries, it is proven to block inflammatory compounds and substances relieving pain and reducing swelling. It is also used to treat digestive problems and nausea. Ginger can be juiced and or blended and added to green smoothies.
Health, nutrition, wellness, exercise and longevity advocates commonly use cinnamon as a sugar substitute for their coffees, teas and pastries as it improves blood sugar. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help reduce swelling and suppress compounds inducing inflammation. It also used to treat bronchitis and digestive issues. Again just with all these spices, cinnamon can be used to top some savory tasting smoothies for an added extra-ordinary antioxidant kick.
Cayenne not only adds kick and heat to the dishes, it also eases pain, treats digestive tract issues, relieves congestion and fights inflammation. It contains Capsaicinoids, a natural compound in hot chilli peppers that possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It protects the body from free radicals while inhibiting genes and compounds that cause inflammation. Cayenne has incredible properties, why not make it even more incredible and add it to some apple cider vinegar to create a super immune boosting anti-inflammatory tonic.
Rich in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, nutmeg improves the heart, kills bacteria and inhibits enzymes causing inflammation in the brain. It is also used as an anti-depressant and memory enhancer. However, you must only take the right doses as too much of it may cause hallucinations.
Now that you know how turmeric, ginger, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg to fight inflammation, feel free to add them in your pantry ASAP. You will never get sick ever again!
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