|Inflammation is the body’s way of fighting infections and healing. However, in some situations, inflammation can get out of hand and last longer than necessary. This is called chronic inflammation, and studies have linked it to many diseases, including diabetes and cancer. Diet plays a crucial role in your health. What you eat, including various herbs and spices, can affect inflammation in your body.|
Cinnamon is a delicious spice made from the barks of trees from the Cinnamomum family. The two main types of cinnamon are Ceylon cinnamon, also called “true” cinnamon, and Cassia cinnamon, which is the most commonly available type. People have prized cinnamon for its health properties for thousands of years. An analysis of 12 studies in over 690 participants found that taking 1,500–4,000 mg of cinnamon daily for 10–110 days significantly reduced the inflammatory markers CRP and MDA, compared with a placebo. Also, cinnamon raised the body’s antioxidant levels (source). Similarly, an analysis of 6 studies in 285 people found that taking 1,200–3,000 mg of cinnamon daily for 8–24 weeks significantly reduced CRP levels (source). This effect was especially apparent in conditions in which CRP levels were high, such as NAFLD, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis (source). You can find organic Ceylon Cinnamon in our Elderberry Syrups!
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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice popular in Indian cuisine that people have used since ancient times. It’s packed with over 300 active compounds. The main one is an antioxidant called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties (source). Numerous studies have shown that curcumin can block the activation of NF-κB, a molecule that activates genes that promote inflammation (source, source, source). An analysis of 15 high quality studies followed 1,223 people who took 112–4,000 mg of curcumin daily for periods of 3 days to 36 weeks (source). Taking curcumin significantly reduced inflammatory markers compared with taking a placebo. Markers included interleukin 6 (IL-6), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and malondialdehyde (MDA) (source). Studies in people with osteoarthritis have found that taking curcumin supplements provided pain relief similar to that of the common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) ibuprofen and diclofenac (source, source, source). You can find quality turmeric in our Turmeric Honey and our Fire Cider.
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Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a berry that grows wild all around the world. Most know this humble berry for it’s ability to prevent and reduce symptoms during cold and flu season (source). But it also has the ability to reduce inflammation in the body and insulin resistance. (source) It has also been shown to reduce symptoms of viral respiratory illnesses. (source) And is even being touted as a remedy that may be useful in the case of Covid19 and it’s variants, as it de-activates the spike part of the viral proteins. (source) You can find organic Elderberries in all our Syrups, Fire Cider, Immuni-Tea, and Elderberry Infused Honey.
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|The bottom line:|
Inflammation is a natural process that can raise the risk of health complications when it continues for too long. This condition is commonly known as chronic inflammation. Fortunately, what you eat can help reduce inflammation in your body. The herbs and spices listed in this article can help keep inflammation at bay while adding enjoyable flavors to your diet.