Reducing inflammation is an every day task. It depends on how much you exercise, what food you eat, what you drink, medications and stress. With so many things effecting inflammation production in your body it's important to do what you can everyday to help reduce the amount of inflammation your body produces.
With this in mind, here are our TOP 5 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SPICES that you can include in your diet every day. Spices are nicely concentrated when dried and powdered so it's easy to get a good dose every day. Prefer fresh??? That's great news!!! Cause fresh is always best and usually contains a higher nutrient content and more antioxidants. You just need to eat a little more to get the same dose but there are so many delicious choices so that shouldn't be a problem!!!
Now we did just recently do a whole blog on Tumeric and all it's amazing benefits for inflammation and ageing, so we won't harp on too much, but instead let's quickly recap from last time...
Tumeric is rich in a phytochemical compound called Curcumin which has had a whole lot of research to prove it's anti-inflammatory benefits. It has shown benefits for conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease and cancer. Tumeric also has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine for and Ayurvedic Medicine for inflammation and conditions associated with inflammation as well as conditions of the digestive system and hormonal issues.
It looks very similar to Tumeric and comes from the same plant family so it's no wonder that the sister of Tumeric also has some great anti-inflammatory benefits. It's a warming, circulatory stimulant which makes it perfect for relieving joint pain associated with arthritis. The elderly often find Ginger very useful for swelling joint, or joint pain that is made worse by cold weather. Ginger is a great digestive herb and can help relieve inflammation in the digestive tract and reduce nausea.
This sweet herb is very easy on the palate and can turn your favourite sweets into a more therapeutic delight. Helping to regulate blood sugars is just one of it's many talents, which makes this herb great for people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People don't often associate obesity with inflammation, but holding extra weight can put a lot of strain on the joints and tend to cause joint pain or worsen any niggling pain from past injuries or RSI (repetitive strain injuries). On the flip side, people who struggle to lose weight can benefit from Cinnamon and it's anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can worsen hormonal imbalances, put strain on the thyroid, interrupt regular sleep patterns and so many other things that can impede weight loss. So if you're trying to lose a few kgs why not try a teaspoon of cinnamon in you tea instead of sugar, you'll be surprised in how much difference it can make.
4. Black Pepper
Rich in the compound Perrerine, Black Pepper is great for reducing acute inflammation. It's a bit spicy, without the burn of chilli so you can get a little extra kick of flavour into your meals. Other than it's anti-inflammatory benefits, Black Pepper is great for digestion. It help with acid production in the stomach so you can better break down and digest food, but also acts to calm the digestive tract. You're probably a fan of pepper already, but now there's a few more reasons to have a little more.
5. Cayenne Pepper
We have saved the best for last!!! Proven to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory for pain relief for joints, arthritis and headaches, this little gem is a must for every pantry. You don't need much to get a kick from this one! You can add it to just about anything, grilled chicken, curries, steak, baked veggies and so much more. It's a very warming spice so expect to get nice and hot from this one. It can help get your circulation going and help with weight loss so you can get out and get active again without those niggling pains holding you back.