These spices can help in fighting arthritis

When you have arthritis, your joints and sometimes other parts of your body become inflamed, and many spices inhibit certain inflammatory pathways in the body. Spices can pack a significant punch when you consume a number of them throughout the day. The more anti-inflammatory foods and spices you eat, the more you are pulling down chronic inflammation.

So, whenever you prepare food, your focus should be on these few spices to fight inflammatory diseases like arthritis:

  • Ginger – Ginger has the properties of chemicals named Gigerol and Shogaol that blocks the pathways for inflammation in the body. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, some studies have shown ginger can also reduce osteoarthritis symptoms. Ginger is a versatile spice and can go in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s best to use it in its fresh form. A great way to use ginger in your diet is by spicing up your food with it or make tea from it.
     
  • Garlic – Just like onions, garlic contains diallyl disulfide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic therefore can help fight pain, inflammation and cartilage damage in arthritis.
     
  • Cinnamon – Studies found that cinnamon may help in fighting arthritis. Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid, both of which have antioxidant properties that help inhibit cell damage caused by free radicals.
     
  • Turmeric – Turmeric has the chemical called curcumin which blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes in two inflammatory pathways. Several human trials have shown an anti-inflammatory benefit, which can translate to reduced joint pain and swelling.
     
  • Black pepper - Black pepper contains an active phenolic compound called piperine, which is the secret behind its powerful health benefits.
     
  • Chilli – Chilli contains capsaicin that can be used for numerous medical conditions including arthritis. It is also used as a pain reliever in some pain balms. The dehydrated forms of green chilli are considered a good source for vitamin C.