Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Spice Up Your Life to Fight Inflammation and Pain

Many readers have recently asked for a list of *spices and *herbs that I use to help me with inflammation and pain.

There are several staples in my daily diet that have helped me. This is only a partial list, you may know of others that have helped you. If so, I'd love to hear about them.

Turmeric – It’s main active ingredient curcumin is good for inflammation but research shows it’s also good in fighting many diseases. In India this colorful spice is known as 'Holy Powder' and has been used for centuries in treating infections, wounds, and other health problems. Recent research has shown it’s a wonderful antioxidant, antiviral, anti-cancer, antibiotic, and is being used by health care practitioners for relief of congestion, Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and other conditions.

Black Pepper - Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spices and I use pepper with every meal and lots of it. I prefer peppercorns and like it coursely ground. Black pepper is known to improve digestion by stimulating the taste buds and thereby alerting the stomach to increase hydrochloric secretion. It’s also an antioxidant, and has antibacterial effects. The outer layer of the peppercorn helps stimulate the breakdown of fat cells,....good news for us who struggle with our weight!

Cinnamon - Cinnamon with it's healthy dose of manganese also helps eliminate and prevent the clumping of blood platelets. Did you know the scent of cinnamon can boost brain function, yes, smelling cinnamon can improve your memory. These days who doesn’t need that? It also helps stop the growth of bacteria and for people with type 2 diabetes researchers claim cinnamon can help them respond to insulin and thereby normalize their blood sugar levels. I love cinnamon toast and it's sometimes my bedtime treat with a tiny bit of honey and butter. Yum! It puts me right to sleep.

Cayenne - Benefits of cayenne pepper are endless it seems. It fights inflammation, prevents stomach ulcers, boosts immunity, offers pain relief, has cardiovascular benefits, and helps clear congestion. No matter what ails you a dose of cayenne will help you out and it’s full of vitamin A. I use Cayenne pepper every day, from eggs at breakfast to my bean salad at lunch or stir-fry for dinner. I love the flakes too, especially in soups or on pizza.

Ginger - I drink fresh ginger tea often especially in a flare and researchers support the fact it gives relief to those who suffer chronic inflammation like Rheumatoid Arthritis. In one study +75 percent of those participating reported relief from both pain and swelling. Dosage will depend on your condition and advice from your health care practitioner. I use fresh slices of ginger to hot water and let seep for about 5 minutes in my coffee pot, pour and add organic honey to taste. It's good for an upset stomach or digestive disorders too.

Licorice - This can works in the body like cortisone without harmful side-effects.

Parsley - I use parsley in my morning juice. It’s added in with carrots, celery, garlic clove and beet slices. Parsley is effective in flushing uric acid from the tissues to ease pain in our joints. I use one handful per juicing. I never cook parsley, it's a garnish for my meals added as a topper.

Whatever *spice or *herb tickles your fancy enjoy them everyday.

'Spice Up Your Life' and enjoy the many health benefits. Diet changes can lessen pain, decrease inflammation in the body and extend ones longevity.

Here is a great link I encourage you to read:

You may also enjoy my post on the benefits of Garlic.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - Immune Support with Raw Garlic

'Good Health to You'

Helpful link:

*Consult your Health Care Practitioner before adding spice or herbs to your diet while taking medications since interactions can occur.

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Ms Peculiar said...

Hi Sandy!
I have also used these spices to help with easing the symptoms of RA. I find that ginger te also helps settle my stomach after my weekly methotrexate. I have eliminated most flour and all nightshades from my diet, this has helped with inflammation. When My feet are especially painful due to cold, sprinkling cayenne in my socks before I put my shoes on really helps! (I know it sounds weird but it dies)
You are doing a great job!
Sandi K

JWZ1978 said...

I'm so excited to work more of these into my cooking! I love spices, and as we've taken a lot of the sodium out of our diet, the more spice and herb flavors we can incorporate, the better (especially if they help the health as well). Thanks for sharing!

Tanya said...

Excellent list of anti inflammatory spices! A spice lover myself, I had no idea that some of the spices you mentioned were not only great tasting, but anti inflammatory as well.

Think we could all use a little more spice in our life!!!

nygiantsfanatic said...

Thanks for yet another great post Sandy! I've been making some drastic changes to my diet in an effort to control my RA. I've gotten rid of dairy, gluten, ans most processed foods. I used to juice daily and I am geting back into that again. I'm also on an experimental medication that has been working wonders! I'm really interested in using food to control this nightmare that has attacked my body. I've been starting to look into raw foodism and would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on it! Angie

Sandy said...

Ms Peculiar, JWZ1978, Tanya,nygiantsfantic,...'thank you each one for your thoughtful and supportive comments.

I appreciate you.

Sandy Guerriere

"Good Health to You"

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy.. Useful info again ! Lovely work you do here. It makes others lifes more manageable. Thank matter !! Tom..

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