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7 Spices to Naturally Fight Inflammation

By Stephen R. Farris

Tired of depending on medication to fight off pain due to inflammation? You might want to put those bottles aside and try something more natural, like adding a few spices instead.

Most folks have heard about using turmeric to aid in the fight against inflammation flare-ups, but it's not the only one out there that can help. There are several other spices available that can offer the same type of benefits in helping calm down, or control inflammation.

Black Pepper

You probably already have black pepper in your kitchen cabinet, or sitting out on your dinner table. For most of us, it's a spice we've used our entire life, dating back to childhood. Black pepper has been noted by researchers to help serve as an anti-inflammatory for people with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, asthma, and certain types of cancer. It's also a great condiment to have handy for adding to any cooked dish, salads, and even sandwiches.


Ginger is a root-based spice that has been named by the Arthritis Foundation as a top food fighting source for people suffering from the disease. Ginger is also good as an anti-inflammatory for diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and digestive tissue.

Red Pepper

Red pepper is one of the spicier spices, in the fact that it contains capsaicin -- primarily where the heat comes from in the pepper -- and works great as an anti-inflammatory agent, and antioxidant. Its impact as an anti-inflammatory helps reduce inflammation in people with cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Red pepper is great to use in all of your spicy dishes by adding extra flavor to them, not to mention a little heat.


Cinnamon is a great alternative to sugar. It's also more therapeutic when it comes to being used as an anti-inflammatory agent by helping to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, keeping neurodegenerative disease in check, and slowing down or stopping proliferation of certain cancers. It's also good as an anti-inflammatory against diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis, to name a few.

Cloves and rosemary are two more spices you can use as an anti-inflammatory. They're also great to use in a variety of dishes you cook. 

For additional questions to find out natural ways to fight inflammation, talk with your local chiropractor to hear their tips and suggestions to help get you back to a more healthy, vibrant lifestyle without the pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aventura, Fla.

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