While there are many potential causes of inflammation, diet is thought to be one of the most important factors.
Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet is notoriously high in pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugar, refined grains, and unhealthy fats. Thankfully, several herbs can help to reduce inflammation. By taking a natural approach to your wellness through plants and herbs, you can promote better health while getting to the underlying cause of your inflammation rather than just covering up those symptoms.
Here are a few good places to start:
Turmeric looks just like ginger root, only with a different hue. Native to India, it contains curcumin, a polyphenol known for its anti-inflammatory powers. Using it in soups, stews, and sauces is a great way to fight inflammation regularly.
Sharp and pungent ginger is an herb commonly used in Asian cuisine and has been used as an anti-inflammatory remedy. It works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, helps to improve blood circulation, and reduces inflammation throughout the body.
This enzyme is found in pineapples. It helps reduce inflammation and the swelling, soreness, and pains that tend to come with it.
Your sweet spice pantry staple is also ideal for blocking the release of fatty acids that cause inflammation. It can also help stop the formation of other inflammatory compounds, making it an ideal addition to sprinkle on your favorite foods.
Something even more common in your kitchen, black pepper, features piperine. This natural anti-inflammatory may be the key to reducing inflammation tied to many chronic discomforts.
You can add a little more heat to your foods while fighting inflammation by adding cayenne pepper. It has capsaicin, which inhibits the neuropeptide responsible for producing pain from inflammation.
While it is more of a fruit and a little more obscure, devil’s claw comes from South Africa, where it is revered as a natural way to beat inflammation.
White Willow Bark
Salicin is the compound in white willow bark that will help you with inflammation. In fact, it provides the same effect on the body as aspirin does, without any of those common side effects for your gastrointestinal system.
While these are just a few herbs that can help reduce inflammation, they provide a good starting point for anyone looking to take a natural approach to their wellness. If you’re looking for an easy way to start incorporating herbs into your life, try adding them to your food or drinks. Many delicious recipes include herbs, so you can find one that fits your taste preference.
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