Herbs and Spices That Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s way of fighting infections and healing. However, inflammation can get out of control in certain cases and last longer than expected. This is called chronic inflammation, and research, including diabetes and cancer, have related it to many diseases. For your health, diet plays a vital role. Inflammation in your body can be influenced by what you consume, including various herbs and spices.

The science behind herbs and spices that can help combat inflammation is discussed in this article. In this post, it's worth noting that several studies talk about molecules called inflammatory markers. These suggest that inflammation is present. Thus, an herb that reduces inflammatory markers in the blood likely reduces inflammation.


Ginger has several active compounds and appears to reduce inflammatory markers in the body.


Garlic is rich in sulfur compounds that appear to reduce inflammatory markers and increase levels of beneficial antioxidants.


Curcumin, turmeric’s best known active compound, appears to reduce inflammation and provide relief for people with osteoarthritis. Taking it with black pepper greatly increases how much curcumin you absorb.


Cardamom appears to increase antioxidant status and decrease markers of inflammation in the body.

Black pepper

Research suggests that black pepper and piperine, one of its active compounds, may reduce signs of inflammation. Still, more human research is needed to investigate these effects.


Ginseng and its active compounds called ginsenosides appear to reduce inflammatory markers. Asian ginseng and American ginseng may have different effects.

Green tea

Green tea’s anti-inflammatory effects appear to be due to its polyphenols, especially EGCG.


Rosemary is rich in polyphenols, which are compounds that appear to have anti-inflammatory effects.


Numerous studies have linked cinnamon intake to reduced inflammation. However, use cinnamon in small amounts, as it may cause side effects in high doses.

To Sum It Up

Inflammation is a normal process that can increase the risk of health problems if it lasts for too long. This disorder is generally referred to as chronic inflammation.

Luckily, what you eat will help to reduce the inflammation in your body. The herbs and spices mentioned in this article can help keep the inflammation at bay while adding good flavors to your diet.

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