Anti-Inflammation

In a lot of the spices I’ve written about anti-inflammation comes up as one of the key benefits of the spice.  But what exactly is inflammation? What does an anti-inflammatory do? 
 

Definition

InflamedThe simplest definition of inflammation I could find  is “localized reaction that produces  redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a result of [an] infection, irritation or injury” according to MedicineNet.   So if an area of your body hurts, it is probably inflamed! 
 

What Does an Anti-Inflammatory Do?

 
An anti-inflammatory is a source that helps to eliminate the reaction of pain or discomfort you are feeling.  Most anti-inflammatories come in pill form such an Advil. Tylenol, or Ibuprofen pills.  These pills are considered NSAIDs.  While yes you can get NSAIDs in prescription base as well as over-the-counter, I prefer to try to get them through a food source versus pill form.  Inflamed
 
Pills can be hard on your liver and other vital organs, and the more you use these NSAIDs the more your body becomes used to them, and the more you have to take feel the effects.
 
Some great sources of Anti-Inflammatories in spices that I have found so far are:
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric (probably the best spice for Anti-Inflammation I’ve found so far)
Now an Anti-Inflammatory does to the body is help eliminated the inflamed area.  It does this by blocking certain body chemicals that would cause the inflammation.  This will then reduce the redness, warmth, swelling, and pain in the areas that are inflamed.  
 
What ways do you consume anti-inflammatories?    Have any questions for me?  Please send me a message or start a discussion below.  Someone like you is think the same thing, however they are waiting on YOU to start the discussion.  

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