Sometimes the key to a healthy inflammatory response is in your spice rack! Check out the best spices for inflammation.
If you’re looking for a simple way to fight inflammation, look no further than your spice rack! Herbs and spices are a great way to add some vital nutrients to your diet, and several of these flavorful additions actually help to promote a healthy inflammatory response.
Check out our list of the best spices for inflammation:
Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, native to Southeast India. It is majorly used in popular dishes such as curries, stews, meats and even desserts. A component found in turmeric called curcumin has been shown to produce a healthy inflammatory response when used properly. These effects may be accomplished through it’s ability to inhibit molecules usually associated with inflammation.(1) Recommended intake of turmeric is usually one to three grams per day of either fresh turmeric root, or dried turmeric powder. Try mixing a bit of turmeric into bone broth to aid in digestion.
Spice up your day with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in your meals! Research has shown that cayenne pepper can contribute to gut health as it has shown to increase digestive fluid production and assist in bringing necessary enzymes to the stomach which ultimately aid in metabolizing food (1). Cayenne pepper is also a great aid for relieving intestinal gas as it encourages peristaltic motion–the movement of muscles located in the digestive tract (2).
Your spice cabinet might already contain a detoxing powerhouse! Cinnamon holds a host of health benefits and plays a major role in eliminating free radicals from the body. In fact, research has shown that cinnamon holds 41 different compounds that protect the body from antioxidants (4)! As a result of the powerful antioxidants in cinnamon, this food is a go-to to promote a healthy inflammatory response.
(1) Chainani-Wu, Nita. “Safety and anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin: a component of tumeric (Curcuma longa).” The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 9.1 (2003): 161-168.
(2) Maji, A. K., & Banerji, P. (2016). Phytochemistry and gastrointestinal benefits of the medicinal spice, Capsicum annuum L. (Chilli): a review. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine,13(2). doi:10.1515/jcim-2015-0037
(3) “Spices Exotic Flavors & Medicines Chile Pepper.” History & Special Collections UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, 2002. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.
(4) Rao, Pasupuleti Visweswara, and Siew Hua Gan. “Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2014 (2014): 1-12. Web.