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Combating Inflammation

Updated: Dec 9, 2020





On a good note, Inflammation can be beaten. It's doable, we can reduce inflammation without taking prescription drugs. We can beat inflammation by consuming foods that are anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. It takes time to work though.


It's not an overnight fix but trust me it does work. In a few weeks, you'll start to feel a little better and move a little better. Inflammation and pain will ease up. It did for me.


By combining superfoods like Turmeric, Green Tea, and Moringa with intermittent fasting had helped me recover from surgery without prescription drugs to live a more productive and pain-free life. We can speed up the healing process by combining superfoods with cleansing and intermittent fasting. Here’s a link to an earlier post I had written:

https://www.cjsspell.com/home/categories/healthy-lifestyle.



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Here’s a list of incredible herbs, spices, and super greens that can help us combat inflammation to lead a healthy and pain-free life.



Turmeric


For millennia this potent spice has been an integral ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cuisine. It's what gives curries that sunny golden hue. It's been garnering popularity in the past few years as a super spice.


To combat inflammation among other maladies. We now take Turmeric Curcumin capsules and beverages to boost our immune system.

Nowadays you can find turmeric in face masks and skincare products. Tumeric face masks are popular in India. It not only heals breakouts but also prevents acne and pigmentation. Turmeric isn’t only ingested for medicinal benefits, it is also used in mixtures as a poultice in Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin compound in Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps heal wounds.


Turmeric belongs to the same species as ginger, they are both classified as rhizomes. (Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties as well) Tumeric has a good source of Vitamin B6, iron, manganese, iron, copper, and potassium. Not bad for a humble root and we can propagate them at home and they produce beautiful flowers

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Curcumin supplements are taken to combat arthritis.

  • Its anti-inflammatory properties help combat inflammation and so reduces pain.

  • Researchers have found that Tumeric compounds have powerful antivenom substances that counteract snake venoms.

  • Boosts our immune system

  • Has both antiviral and antibacterial properties

  • Reducing chronic inflammation in our body can help avert heart disease, respiratory, liver, and digestive ailments.

  • Stave off Alzheimer’s and even help with diabetes. Help clear the buildup of amyloid-beta clumps in the brain of Alzheimer’s.

  • Helps relieve psoriasis symptoms.

  • Helps ease joint pains like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

  • The bottom line - reducing chronic inflammation in our body can keep us healthy and pain-free.

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Turmeric Consumption


Golden Milk


Growing up I was given golden milk made with homemade almond milk, Turmeric, (sometimes with saffron), and cardamom mixed with sugar. It tasted more like dessert and I loved it. I had it a few times a week. Some folks have it daily.


You can use regular milk if you prefer, but remember the lactose in milk has been linked to inflammation. (You can use any nut milk you prefer) You can switch out regular sugar with honey or Monk sugar or skip it.


Some folks make the concoction with Tumeric, ginger, and cinnamon - also great for you.


A pinch of Black pepper can also be added to your golden milk instead of ginger.


Black pepper has the bioactive compound Piperine. Studies have shown Piperine’s ability to enhance the absorption of curcumin in the body by 2000%.




Turmeric Curcumin Capsules


Ensure the key components are Curcumin and BioPerine (piperine). (There are some Turmeric capsules without curcumin, it's not effective)

  • The least dosage should be at least 400mg.

  • Presence of Piperine for better absorption

  • Organic is best

  • Check potency

  • Preferably made in the USA in an FDA approved facility.

  • No Fillers, non-GMO, good quality products.


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Turmeric Flavored Oil


I make bottles of flavored oils and keep them for sauteing and roasting. Tumeric & Olive Oil, Chilli Oil made with Sichuan Peppercorns, Cayenne, Star Anise & Cinnamon. Garlic & Rosemary infused Olive Oil.


Tumeric & Olive Oil: You could add organic Tumeric powder to your favorite cooking oil and use that to introduce Turmeric into your diet. (I add about 1 tablespoon to the oil you can use 2 tablespoons if you like) I add about a tablespoon of Turmeric powder to an 8oz of warm Olive Oil and stir in. Once cool I bottle it and use it for sauteing vegetables and for roasting.


Green Tea & Inflammation


Green tea’s healthful benefits have researchers gushing. Tea enthusiasts know Green tea has antioxidants Catechins and Polyphenols which are great for us. What’s more Green tea is one of the less processed types of tea and it's made from unoxidized leaves. That’s fabulous news to inspire more folks to drink the healthiest beverage on earth.


Now, what are Catechins: it’s an antioxidant that helps fight and may also inhibit cell damage. Catechins help lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics. As Green Tea is the least processed, we can enjoy our cup of tea knowing it's rich in catechins.


Polyphenols: this antioxidant in tea is thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effect. Both of these antioxidant combinations are plant chemicals called flavonoids. (Brewed teas are much better for us than Bottled teas. As these have much fewer polyphenols and catechins)

Studies have found that consuming green tea is beneficial in preventing dental cavities, and gum disease. From chronic fatigue, stress, to improving osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation. Click on this link to learn how I’m managing to keep inflammation at bay: https://www.cjsspell.com/home/categories/healthy-lifestyle


There is a publication in the Journal of American Medical Association about the health benefits of consuming Green Tea. The association conducted a study from 1994 following about 40,000 Japanese participants between the ages of 40 and 79 for about 11 years.


Here’s what they found: Those who drank at least 5 cups of green tea daily had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases compared to those who had none. Moreover, what’s good for our hearts is also good for our brains. Our brains need healthy blood vessels too. MRI studies had revealed that folks who drank more green tea daily had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains.


Green tea helps to block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. We can benefit from making a small lifestyle change by including green tea in our diet as a beverage of choice.


Disclaimer: If you are interested to learn more about the benefits of Green Tea, please check out Harvard Health Publishing. Do take note of the date on all articles. No content on this site is a substitute for primary medical advice from your doctor.



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Moringa Oleifera - The Super Green


Goodness of Moringa

Moringa is the superhero of greens. There are countless vegetables that are beneficial for us, but Moringa tops the list. As my primary focus is on beating inflammation this super green is just for that intent.


Growing up Moringa has been a staple green in my family. We ate both the pods (pods are known as drumsticks) and greens. We made stir-fried veg, delicious soups with greens and mung beans, vegetable stews with moringa pods, and my favorite short-rib lamb stews with moringa pods.


If you are trying Moringa greens or powder for the first time you might find it a tad bitter. A nutrient-rich potent plant, this miracle tree grows well in hot tropical weather. Though native to India, these trees can be found in Singapore, Malaysia, and South Africa. You can find fresh moringa greens and pods in the Asian Markets - Ranch and Indian Supermarkets in the United States.


Benefits of Moringa

Moringa has been gaining popularity in the west as a cure-all in recent years. Rich in antioxidants, moringa has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It has a reputation to lower blood sugar and hence is popular with diabetics and senior citizens.


Rich in polyphenol antioxidants and highly anti-inflammatory. Moringa benefits the cardiovascular system and joints and hence Moringa is often touted as the Miracle Tree.


It’s sought after for those suffering from and as a preventive measure for joint pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dense in micronutrients, today there’s research and study backing this super plant’s ability to support a wide range of metabolic functions. If the above data hasn’t encouraged you to try moringa, the following I’m sure will.


Moringa has a great source of fiber, plant-based iron, and 6 times the antioxidants of goji berries. The leaves are 25% protein and contain 9 essential amino acids. It was no surprise to find why this plant is valued highly and is recommended as part of a staple healthy diet. Moringa leaves have the following megavitamins and minerals gram for gram:


7 times more vitamin C than oranges

4 times more vitamin A than carrots

4 times more calcium than milk

3 times more potassium than bananas

Moringa is a staple in my diet. In the US the greens are seasonal so I take a cup of moringa tea a few times a week. A teaspoon of organic moringa powder with a cup of hot water and you have moringa tea. I hope the above information encourages you to give Tumeric, Green Tea, and Moringa a try.


Apart from boosting and enhancing our immune system, they vastly help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Chronic Inflammation is the root cause of many ailments. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and the information useful to you. I’ll keep updating and posting articles and share recipes in the weeks to come so please subscribe to keep updated.


Click on this link to find out how I’m managing to keep inflammation at bay:

https://www.cjsspell.com/home/categories/healthy-lifestyle


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