You probably know that inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to fighting infection or injury. However, when the inflammation lingers or becomes out of control it can trigger some health issues, including arthritis, allergies, heart disease, some types of cancers and stroke. (Learn more about inflammation)
If inflammation persists for a long time, it becomes chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be the result of an infection. Therefore, if you are pursuing a healthy and better life, you might want to engage with an anti-inflammatory diet.
What is an anti-inflammatory diet?
An anti-inflammatory diet focuses on eating fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and healthy fats (especial Omega-3 fatty acids). Basically, its increasing the intake of foods that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Meanwhile, avoid foods that are high in salt, saturated fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates. Research shows that people who consumed an anti-inflammatory diet had an 18% lower risk of all-cause mortality and a lower risk of death at an early age!
Sounds too much? A national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Kim Larson said: “I think people are often surprised at what a great anti-inflammatory spice can be. But the more anti-inflammatory foods and spices you eat, the more you are tamping down on chronic inflammation”.
6 anti-inflammatory spices
Garlic contains some active compounds that contribute to having anti-inflammatory effects. A study has proven that garlic can ease arthritis symptoms. Also, garlic’s antioxidants can help regulate other inflammatory markers!
TIPS: If garlic’s taste is too much for you, try Aged Black Garlic for a sweeter and milder flavour. Black garlic has 10x of the antioxidant of raw garlic!
Ginger has been used as a traditional medicine to treat digestive system problems, infections and headaches. The anti-inflammatory properties have also been confirmed by scientific studies.
TIPS: Red Ginger Powder is 10x stronger than normal ginger and easier to store.
→ Learn more about 11 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Red Ginger!
Curcumin is the most active compound in turmeric, which has shown an amazing anti-inflammatory benefit.
TIPS: For the best result consume with black pepper to help the body’s absorption. If you don’t like the yellow stains, try White Turmeric Powder!
Do you know that cinnamon is not just a delicious spice? Cinnamon contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease swelling.
Moringa oleifera contains a large amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It may have the ability to lower blood sugar, improve heart health and reduce inflammation. A study has proven moringa can reduce inflammation.
Chilli peppers contain natural compounds capsaicinoids, which give anti-inflammatory properties!
Adding spices into diet is easy but effective
Try a sprinkle of turmeric in a smoothie, a warm cup of ginger tea in the mid-afternoon and two cloves of black garlic or other spices with lunch and dinner. It may seem small but will definitely have an additive effect! So if you are interested in a healthy diet, try to incorporate these anti-inflammatory spices with your next meal!