What is Inflammation?
“The inflammatory reactions of our body are completely natural reactions. Inflammation occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other causes. Then, the damaged cells release chemicals including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins. These chemicals cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling. It helps to isolate the foreign substance from further contact with body tissues.”
But if the inflammation tends to be chronic, then other factors can interrupt the good health condition. They can even develop various diseases, including serious ones.
To avoid chronic inflammation it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle and to have a lot of healthy activities and balanced diet.
As always, you can find the Nature’s cure in your kitchen… take advantage of the numerous herbs that can help your body to keep the inflammation under control.
Foods With Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Its capacity comes from the anti-inflammatory curcumin, the active ingredient that gives it its yellowish color. A recent Italian study showed that its use reduces by 58% the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis and at the same time it reduces by 63% the dependence on traditional painkillers. Just consume from 400 to 600 mg powder per day or add it as a spice in the food you prepare in your kitchen.
2. Devil’s claw
Don’t be fooled by the name! It has also been recognized throughout Europe and the United States as an effective adjuvant pain relief from osteoarthritis.
Its powerful pain-relieving properties have been scientifically proven in the treatment of mild to moderate back pain intensity or pain in the neck and shoulder.
Dosage: From 600 to 1,200 mg, three times a day.
This is an Ayurvedic herb, commonly known by the term ‘Indian incense’. Its acids are capable to bind to the enzymes that cause the inflammation. Its use can be beneficial for arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
4. Cayenne Pepper
The cayenne pepper, thanks to capsaicin-the active ingredient in chili peppers, can be useful for treating diabetic neuropathy and keep at bay the health of the heart. It can be used both in the form of cream, spread directly on the affected area, or as capsules.
Even the garlic, as it’s well known, is an excellent anti-inflammatory food, especially for respiratory problems, arthritis and heart health, and it assumes mutagenic action against the fat cells responsible for obesity.
A little tip: if you cut or crush the garlic before its consumption, you are going to amplify its effects.
We should also mention the famous ginger, recently within the focus of the researches, after the discovery that by constant and long-term use it’s capable of preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol and preventing blood clotting.
We recommend 250 mg of extract of ginger, four times a day.
7. Green Tea
Finally comes the green tea, perhaps already used by many of you for its antioxidant properties. If you take two cups each day it is said that can decrease the chances of gaining arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and stomach cancer.
So what do you say? Wouldn’t be better to make a stock of all these herbs instead to run immediately to the nearest pharmacy?