Today is World Arthritis Day. Arthritis is one of the common health conditions prevailing globally. Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of joints. It can make it difficult for individuals to be physically active. While there is no sure way of preventing arthritis, you can reduce the risk by following a healthy lifestyle.

Here are 5 spices that can help fight inflammation in arthritis. You can include them in your meals & food preparation. 

Cinnamon

The available evidence suggests that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular, cholesterol-lowering, and immunomodulatory effects. ground cinnamon powder is more effective than cinnamon sticks

Ginger

Ginger modulates biochemical pathways activated in chronic inflammation and thereby help reduce pain in arthritis

Turmeric

Turmeric has been shown to offer anti-inflammatory benefits by lowering the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.

Garlic and Onions

Both garlic and onions exert their effects on human health via multiple different functions, including antioxidant, anti‐inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. The organosulphur compounds in these spices scavenge oxidizing agents, inhibit the oxidation of fatty acids, thereby preventing the formation of pro‐inflammatory messengers, and inhibit bacterial growth, via interaction with sulphur‐containing enzyme. they are also a good source of selenium as well, which is important in the proper functioning of the immune system.

Add these spices and flavors to your diet by including grated ginger in soups or salads, adding garlic , onion or turmeric to meat and vegetable dishes, and preparing teas and desserts with cinnamon.

Written by drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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