There are many spices in the world and each one tastes delicious in its own way. What many people don't know, however, is that the benefits of spices don't stop at taste. Many spices have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body, which can have a long-term positive effect on one's health. The fact is that the standard Western diet contains many foods that can trigger micro-inflammations in the body in the long run. As a result, these constant inflammations promote the development of various diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, but Alzheimer's or cancer have also been linked to inflammation.
So use more of the right spices and do yourself a favour not only taste-wise but also health-wise. Here are a few spices that have a particularly strong anti-inflammatory effect:
The spice that is always mentioned when talking about anti-inflammatory foods is turmeric. Quite rightly, as it has extremely anti-inflammatory properties. If you don't like the slightly bitter taste of turmeric, which takes some getting used to, you can always resort to curry powder. Turmeric is a key ingredient in most curry blends and since there are so many, there is sure to be something to suit your taste.
This classic spice is not only standard in every kitchen, but also good against inflammation. Piperine, the substance that gives pepper its spiciness, is responsible for this. The piperine inhibits the central inflammation regulator and works in the digestive tract, which can also have a positive effect on irritable bowel syndrome, for example.
Important: Always eat turmeric in combination with black pepper. The piperine increases the absorption rate of turmeric in the intestine, which greatly increases the positive effects of turmeric.
Cayenne pepper is nothing more than dried and ground chillies. The substance that gives chillies their spiciness, capsaicin, is also the substance that seems to work against inflammation. Apparently, capsaicin works against inflammation by changing the composition of our gut bacteria.
Cinnamon is not only a good idea at Christmas, because it blocks the activity of various anti-inflammatory molecules. It is important to always buy Ceylon cinnamon. This is slightly more expensive than the more common cassia cinnamon, but the latter contains large amounts of coumarin. This is a substance that is toxic to the liver. Ceylon cinnamon, on the other hand, contains only negligible amounts of coumarin, which is why it is considered safe.
Nutmeg contains substances that block the synthesis of nitric oxide in the body, which is supposed to fight inflammation. However, how and why this works has not yet been scientifically clarified. It is important to use nutmeg sparingly when seasoning, because it also contains substances that can trigger hallucinations and have a toxic effect if you consume a very large amount of it.
With this in mind, we wish you delicious meals with these spices and the good feeling of having done something for your own health at the same time with wonderful enjoyment.