13 Herbs and Spices That Reduce Inflammation

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By Hot Health August 24, 2016 12:09
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13 Herbs and Spices That Reduce Inflammation

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13 Herbs and Spices That Reduce Inflammation in the Body

For over a thousand years, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine practitioners have used herbs and spices to heal several different types of ailments, largely because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is not necessarily a bad thing as it is how a body responds to disease or injury. If not for inflammation, the body would find it impossible to heal.

However, when the inflammation is too much, or out of control, it can lead to arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, eczema, asthma, or even cancer. Inflammation is caused by foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar. Having such foods leads to an imbalance in the functioning of the immune system, which results in damage to the blood vessels and leads to fatigue and joint pain.

Inflammation and oxidation are closely linked. Antioxidants inhibit free radicals that cause damage to cells, leading to inflammation. Herbs and spices with antioxidant properties prevent inflammation by turning off the genes that trigger inflammation, by modulating the gut biome and boosting the concentration of specific proteins to fight inflammation.

Herbs and spices have amazing anti-inflammatory powers. Just a teaspoon of cinnamon, for example, as much antioxidants as three cups of spinach, and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper has the same amount of antioxidants as half a cup of blueberries. Herbs and spices are great for weight loss too – adding herbs and spices to your meals would give it flavor and taste, without adding a single calorie.

Herbs and spices are unique medical qualities are far more powerful as anti-inflammatory agents than fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of the 13 best herbs and spices that reduce inflammation in the body.

  1. Cloves
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Cloves are widely used in autumnal recipes such as mulled wine and poached fruit. They can be ground to a fine paste and added to spice mixtures to flavor meats and a variety of other dishes. Cloves contain eugenol, a compound that fights inflammation and prevents heart disease, cancer and other diseases that are common in the West. Eugenol blocks the COX-2 enzyme which causes inflammation. Cloves are rich resources of antioxidants, such as the flavonoids, kaempferol and rhamnetin.

 

  1. Cayenne Pepper
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Cayenne pepper has been used as both medicine and food for thousands of years in several ancient cultures around the world. It is used by medical practitioners in India and China because of its well known anti-inflammatory properties that make it so effective against digestive and circulatory problems. Cayenne is rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, which are antioxidants that fight dangerous free radicals which cause cellular damage and inflammation.

 

  1. Rosemary
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Rosemary is an ancient Mediterranean herb that has been historically used by alternative therapy practitioners in the West to help patients improve their memory. It adds great flavor to food as well. Rosemary contains the naturally occurring antibacterial compound and antioxidant, rosmarinic acid, and many essential anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-fungal oils such as camphene, cineol, bornyl acetate, α-pinene and borneol. Rosemary is used in the preparation of soups, cheese, sandwiches and infused oils. It has remarkable benefits for your health.

 

  1. Turmeric

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Turmeric adds taste and flavor to a variety of dishes. Turmeric is a super spice that has exemplary health benefits. Turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps you lose weight, fight cancer and detoxifies the body. Turmeric is very commonly used in the preparation of Indian dishes; it is just unfortunate that not much is known about it in the West.

 

  1. Cinnamon
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Cinnamon is a popular spice that is rich in antioxidants and is known to cause an anti-inflammatory reaction in the body. Cinnamon is used in the treatment of a variety of ailments. Cinnamon is known to strengthen the body’s immune system as well. Just sprinkling a bit of cinnamon to your food on a regular basis will give all the protection you and your family needs again a host of diseases and infections.

 

  1. Garlic
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Garlic is one of the most remarkable anti-inflammatory foods that all medical practitioners can agree on as a cure for a variety of diseases and ailments. More people today recognize the health benefits of garlic and add it to their meals. Garlic supplements are recommended to patients suffering from chronic inflammation. The best way to prepare garlic is to mince it or to slice it up, and to avoid overcooking it. The idea is to soften up the garlic and make it more absorbent, so that it releases its flavors easily, without getting burnt. Overcooking garlic would reduce its nutritional content.

 

  1. Ginger

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Ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties because of the presence of gingerols, which is a compound that is known to be a powerful antioxidant. Ginger is a natural cleansing agent, which is why it is used in detox teas and detox baths and helps to clean up the digestive system. Ginger is used in a variety of tasty and nutritious recipes along with anti-inflammatory vegetables such as cauliflower and red cabbage. It adds taste and flavor to any food.

 

  1. Curry Powder

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All Indian curry dishes use curry powder or curry spice, which is one of the best anti-inflammatory agents in nature. Curry power works best when used in dishes that also contain other anti-inflammatory vegetables such as tomatoes, onion, cabbage, etc. Because of the liberal use of curry powder in Indian dishes, inflammation-related diseases are not as common in India as in the West. For this reason, a lot of health gurus in the US recommend adding curry powder to your meals.

 

  1. Jamaican Allspice
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Jamaican Allspice or Jamaican pepper is one of the most popular spices used in Mexican and Central American dishes. It is known to be a rich resource of vitamin A, vitamin B-6, vitamin-C, riboflavin and niacin. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants you can have and it is known to fight inflammation-causing free radicals present in the body.

 

  1. Sage
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Sage is an herb that is commonly given to those suffering from conditions related to inflammation such as Alzheimer’s disease. Sage contains powerful anti-inflammatory molecules such as carnosic acid and carnosol. These molecules also give sage its unique flavor and aroma.  Sage is used to heal several neurological conditions other than Alzheimer’s disease as well. Adding sage to food is known to boost the memory, lower anxiety and improve concentration. The Carnosic acid and carnosol molecules that make up sage also have remarkable antioxidant and anticancer effects.

 

  1. Oregano
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Oregano is a popular herb that is added to a variety of dishes. It adds taste and flavor to every meal. Oregano is refreshing and therapeutically powerful. It was considered to be a symbol of happiness by the Greek and Roman civilizations. Oregano contains beta-caryophyllin which is known to inhibit inflammation and is recommended to those suffering from osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.

 

  1. Pumpkin Spice
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Pumpkin spice, which is prepared from pumpkin, is a rich resource of vitamin A, which, besides being great for your eyesight is also a terrific anti-inflammatory agent. Pumpkin spice is also known to consist of omega 3, zinc, protein, and mood-regulators such as tryptophan.  Pumpkin spice boosts the immune system and is generally good for your health.

 

  1. Thyme
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Thyme is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed to improve the mood and cure anxiety and depression. The ancient Greeks considered Thyme as a symbol of courage and sacrifice. Thyme is used in the preparation of a variety of fish sauces, soups and chowders. It goes well with custards, eggs and croquettes and is often paired with tomatoes. Thyme has a very smooth, dry aroma and a minty flavor.

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