Spices not only help to improve the flavor of your food but they can also help you improve your health as well. Studies have shown that some common spices that you use to add flavor in your meals can be effective in fighting diseases and pain including inflammation. Below is a list of top 4 anti inflammatory spices:
1. Bay Leaf
Laurus nobilis commonly known as bay leaf is a potent anti inflammatory spice that is used to flavor seafood, meat, poultry and stews. Traditionally used to treat arthritis, recent studies have shown that bay leaf is an effective anti inflammatory agent because it contains parthenolide that can inhibit COX-2 which is an enzyme responsible for inflammation.
Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Southeast Asia. Turmeric is found on the root or rhizome of curcuma longa. Approximately 3 % of turmeric consists of curcumin or cucuminoids which has high anti inflammatory properties. Thousands of scientific and medical studies have backed up curcuma's anti inflammatory properties. In fact, no other spice has been identified with many anti inflammatory properties as turmeric.
Native to South Asia, ginger is a versatile spice commonly used in desserts as well as entrees. Ginger has a close botanic relation with turmeric and it is rich in kaempferol - an antioxidant that helps to inhibit COX-2 enzymes. Ginger also helps to block lipoxygenase - a common enzyme that plays a big role to the body's production of inflammatory compounds. Ginger tea is one of the best anti inflammatory spices that can be used to prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Garlic is a common spice that contains selenium and sulfur which helps to maintain a normal body immune system. In addition, garlic also contains compounds that are related to N-acetylcysteine which is a very powerful antioxidant that help the body to reduce inflammation and also fight infections. Sulfur helps the body to produce glutathione which is one of the most powerful antioxidant in the body. On the other hand selenium helps in the production of glutathione peroxidase that helps the body to flush out toxins.
Consider spicing your meals with natural anti inflammatory spices mentioned above to help your body become healthier and more energetic.
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My name is Josef Bichler.
I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy.