Common Spices & Their Anti-Inflammatory Health Benefits

We recently posted a sentiment of the great Hippocrates which stated, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” We continue our commitment to utilizing whole foods for healing purposes and the improvement of overall health.

New research suggests that adding certain spices to meals will act as a natural remedy to chronic inflammatory responses. By simply consuming small, normal sized doses of these spices, there was a significant decrease in inflammation. Turmeric, cloves, ginger, and rosemary were the four spices found to be the most effective in blocking inflammation.

“[T]he results represent what might happen when cells in our body are exposed to the levels of spices that circulate in our bloodstream after normal daily consumption—not mega-doses in some pill. Just the amount that makes our spaghetti sauce, pumpkin pie, or curry sauce taste good.”

It’s important to understand that inflammation is at the root of many major diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease. Chronic inflammation can in large part be avoided and deterred by maintaining a healthy eating regimen. Herbs and spices are a potent and inexpensive way to help the body ward off disease, but are not the only ingredients capable of fighting the battle. The seven best anti-inflammatory foods are animal-based omega-3 fats (wild Alaskan salmon, fish oils), leafy greens (spinach, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard), blueberries, tea (Matcha), fermented vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, and garlic. The foods that compromise our daily regimen can either prevent or trigger inflammatory responses within our bodies. Processed food additives such as high fructose corn syrup, soy, trans fats, and other chemical preservatives trigger the inflammatory process. Limiting consumption of processed foods and increasing consumption of organic whole foods and spices will work to protect and heal the body from life-threatening diseases. Discuss the possible health benefits of modifying your daily eating regime with your health care physician.

Watch the video for a more detailed description on the research conducted.

Anne Allis