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Herbs & Spices to Reduce Inflammation

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Rarely do we think in terms of inflammation in our body. Inflammation is a protective response of our organism to any potential and real danger. That is how flus, colds, allergic reactions and simple cuts are being handled by our unique bodies. And yes, when our bodies carry extra weight, that, too, sends them into the inflamed state.

The problem is that frequently our bodies stay in the “inflamed” mode without non-stop. The easiest example to give you is allergies. If you do not take care of your allergies by either removing the allergens that cause allergic reaction or take allergy pills, your body will remain inflamed. And that is not good!

Chronic inflammation lowers our bodies defenses and leads to a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s, attention deficit disorder and many more.

Accepting inflammation as part of your life without acting to stop it would be detrimental to a lifestyle with sad consequences. There are many good old ways to reduce and prevent inflammation in our bodies. Herbs and spices are some of the available resources to do so.

Scroll down to comments to discover and learn many more ways to get our bodies into the balanced and happy state.

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  1. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    Today’s Note is about herbs and spices that could dramatically reduce and prevent inflammation in our bodies.
    Inflammation is the culprit for many diseases.
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    • karen hinkle says:

      i use some spices in my foods to wake up the flavor but hubby don’t
      like it much

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Good afternoon everyone. I know I am super late but better late than never. The spices and herbs are can’t live without really because I use them in all my cooking. Teas I love to drink but haven’t been drinking them like I used too.

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  3. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    1. Turmeric (Curcumin)

    The anti-inflammatory agent in turmeric is its yellow pigment called curcumin. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines have long used turmeric and curcumin to reduce inflammation as well as treat digestive disorders, wounds and infections.

    Studies have shown that curcumin also acts as an antioxidant and may combat cancer. Fresh or powdered turmeric is excellent in curries, soups or other dishes. Fresh turmeric can be added to fresh vegetable juices. Supplements of curcumin are also available.

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    • karen hinkle says:

      wow well i will just have to use it sounds like a great ideal thanks

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I actually heard of the turmeric and curcumin from Dr.Oz show. I have not tried them yet but will be for sure because of having fibromyalgia. It cause a lot of inflammation which can be very painful at times.

  4. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    2. Green Tea

    The preventative effects of green tea against cardiovascular disease and cancer are well established. More recent studies have shown that green tea can be an effective anti-inflammatory, particularly in the treatment of arthritis. It can also reduce inflammation of thedigestive tract, potentially helping conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

    It’s recommended to drink 3 to 4 cups of tea daily. Green tea extract can also be found in pill form. And for those who don’t want the caffeine, decaffeinated green teas are available.

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Now this is something I actually really didn’t know and something I would actually drink a few times a day. We have heart disease that runs in my family. I would like to see if my mother who has heart failure could drink the green tea because she always love drinking tea. It is something I will have to ask her doctor for sure.

  5. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    3. White Willow Bark

    White willow tree bark has been used as a treatment for pain and inflammation since ancient Egyptian and Roman times. Many studies have shown that white willow bark has a comparable effect to aspirin, but with fewer side effects than aspirin.

    The usual dose of white willow bark is 240 mg per day for ongoing conditions. There are also herbal blends that contain white willow bark which can be used for an acute event, such as a headache.

    4. Maritime Pine Bark (Pycnogenol)

    Bark from the maritime pine tree (Pinus maritima) can be processed into pycnogenol. This extract has been used for more than 2,000 years to help heal wounds, scurvy and ulcers as well as reducing vascular inflammation. It is one of the strongest antioxidants known today.

    Studies have shown that pycnogenol is 50 to 100 times more potent than vitamin E inneutralizing free radicals in the body. It has also been found to reduce blood pressure and the risk of blood clots. A typical dosage is 100-200 mg daily.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I would be caution of using the tree barks because of having an allergy to aspirin. It would be something I would have to check out for sure.

  6. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    5. Chili Peppers (Capsaicin)

    The countless varieties of hot peppers we have today began as one small shrub (Capsicum annum), native to tropical regions of the Americas. The chemical capsaicin is what makes a pepper hot. And it’s capsaicin that’s been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in your body.

    Any type of chili pepper, such as cayenne or jalapeno, contains capsaicin. You can use chili peppers fresh or powdered in a wide variety of dishes, including desserts. Supplements containing capsaicin are often mixed with other herbs to create natural anti-inflammatory blends.

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I happen to love pepper mainly black and white pepper. Habaneros are literally my favorite hot peppers though. They remind me of green peppers but super hot. Yummy!!! It is awesome that peppers can help with inflammation.

  7. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    6. Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)

    Boswellia is a tree variety native to India, Somalia, Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula. Frankincense is a resin extracted from the trees. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and pain-controlling properties. Boswellia resin is currently used to treat degenerative and inflammatory joint disorders.

    One study showed that a combination of Boswellia and curcumin was more effective for treating osteoarthritis than a commonly used synthetic drug. It’s recommended to take 300-500 mg of Boswellia extract two or three times a day for ongoing inflammatory conditions.

    7. Black Pepper

    This unassuming spice actually packs an anti-inflammatory punch. The distinctive flavor of black pepper comes from the chemical piperine. Even at low doses, piperine has been shown to reduce inflammation. It can inhibit the spread of cancer and has been shown to suppress the perception of pain and arthritis symptoms.

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Now this is the information I love to hear. I love adding a lot of black pepper to food because I love the taste. The more I add to soups the more I love it. Yummy!!!

  8. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    8. Resveratrol

    This is an antioxidant found in many plants. The highest amounts have been found in Japanese knot weed (Polygonum cuspidatum) and in the skins of red wine grapes. Resveratrol has been shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory. It also protects against DNA damage and mutations. You can find resveratrol as a common supplement in natural food stores. A typical dosage is from 50 to 500 mg per day.
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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      My grandfather used to grow these grapes to make wine when we were kids. We use to steal than and when got caught we ran. lol I love eating these grapes and they are great for snacks too.

  9. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    9. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)

    This herb is derived from a woody vine native to Peru. The bark of cat’s claw has traditionally been used to treat arthritis, bursitis and intestinal disorders. Studies have shown that it can reduce inflammatory responses in the body and it has a protective effect against gastrointestinal inflammation.

    You can make a tea from cat’s claw from either a prepared tea or use 1000 mg of the bark to 8 ounces of water. It is also available as a dry extract in a capsule. It’s recommended to take 20 to 60 mg daily.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      This I would have to check out because of it being a bark. I would be will to check it out for sure because of the treat affect it has on arthritis and bursitis which I have both.

  10. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    10. Rosemary

    In one study, participants were given small amounts of various common herbs and spices for a period of 7 days. Rosemary showed one of the strongest protective effects against inflammation and oxidation.

    The other top spices were turmeric, cloves and ginger. The researchers noted that the amounts given of each herb were no more than what someone would normally eat in a seasoned soup, sauce or other dish.

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I have always loved rosemary in my spaghetti sauces because my grandmother used to use a lot of it in her cooking. It maybe is an Italian thing but I am not sure on that.

  11. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    11. Cloves

    Clove oil can be applied directly to the gums to help with a toothache or for pain control during dental work. Cloves have been shown to reduce mouth and throat inflammation. Cloves can also be used to treat diarrhea, nausea, hernia, bad breath and as an expectorant.

    The powdered or whole dried flower buds are delicious in many savory dishes as well as in desserts and hot drinks.

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  12. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    12. Ginger

    Research has shown that ginger has a better therapeutic effect than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat pain and inflammation. Ginger also inhibits the activation of several genes involved in an inflammatory response.

    According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger may help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy. It can also be used to reduce osteoarthritic pain and heart disease. Ginger is delicious in many savory dishes, as well as in teas, juices and desserts.

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    13. Cinnamon

    This popular spice is made from the bark of cinnamon trees native to China, India and Southeast Asia. In addition to being anti-inflammatory, cinnamon has been shown to have antioxidant, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer and lipid-lowering properties. It has even been found to act against neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

    Cinnamon goes well in anything from breakfast grains, to soups and stews, to desserts and drinks. Any pre-made apple pie or pumpkin pie spice mixes will often have cinnamon, cloves and ginger all in one tasty blend.

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I love ginger and cinnamon together in rice pudding along with other desserts too. They are also good in brandy alexanders. 😛 I have not had them in my oatmeal for a long time but I should start that again too.

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