Anti-Inflammatory Superstars

While there are several foods that are considered anti-inflammatory, there are also some herbs and spices that are real superstars. Here are a few to get you started.



Turmeric is especially popular in Chinese and Indian medicine. The oil fraction of turmeric offers anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s the yellow and orange color known as curcumin that really packs a punch. Several studies have shown that the curcumin found in turmeric is equally as powerful as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Other benefits of turmeric include:

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Cancer prevention
  • Rheumatoid arthritis relief   

Turmeric can be used in soups, stir fries, smoothies and more.



Garlic contains special sulfur compounds found in garlic that contain anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have recently shown that some of our cells actually turn into full-fledged fat cells under certain metabolic conditions that involve inflammatory activities. Obesity is actually considered a form of inflammation, so garlic is being further studied in this area. Other benefits of garlic include:

  • Blood vessel and blood cell protection
  • Antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Cancer prevention
Add chopped garlic towards the end of cooking for maximum health benefits, or add to bone broth in the winter for an excellent flu fighter.



Cinnamon is especially popular in complimentary and alternative medicine. It inhibits the release of arachidonic acid, which plays a role in inflammatory messaging. It has been used to help with gastritis, bronchitis and indigestion, among other things. Other benefits of cinnamon include:

  • Improved brain function
  • Blood sugar control
  • Anti-microbial
Try adding cinnamon to smoothies or sprinkle it on fruit. Cinnamon should be used in moderation, with no more than 6 grams per day consumed.

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