Inflammation is your immune system’s defense mechanism against disease activity or infection (e.g. irradiation, autoimmune disorders and toxic substances), often characterized by five cardinal signs: redness, pain, swelling or heat. It may also cause loss of tissue function.
Acute inflammation responses exert a preventive role by healing injuries and restoring tissue homoeostasis. However, if inflammation fails to eliminate tissue injury it may become chronic, leading to a certain number of chronic inflammatory diseases, notably rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects over 1.5 million Americans. It is characterized by painful joint inflammation, fatigue, fever, along with other complications that affect the rest of your body.
Several risk factors are associated with the onset of rheumatoid arthritis such as genetics, body mass index (BMI), pollution and smoking, gender and diet.
According to a 2017 study, dietary interventions exert favorable effects in rheumatoid arthritis patients by decreasing the disease’s activity. Researchers suggest incorporating foods rich in anti-inflammatory properties into their diet —like raw or moderately cooked vegetables, seasonal fruits, probiotic yogurt and spices— all while avoiding foods that may promote its development. For example, intake of trans fatty acids from partially hydrogenated vegetable and fish oils is associated with a high Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.
Considering you are looking for cheap and easy ways to incorporate anti-inflammation foods into your diet, this evidence-based article provides 5 spices with proven effects on arthritis disease rheum activity and inflammation.
The culinary and medicinal values of garlic are well-established. Throughout history, garlic and its extracts have been used to treat yeast infection, leprosy infection, constipation, toothache and arthritis.
The anti-inflammatory activity of garlic has been shown to exert beneficial effects on cardiovascular disorders, abdominal obesity, ulcerogastric pathologies and cancer. In addition, it helps soothe rheumatoid arthritis pain.
We know that garlic has a pungent taste and can leave a noticeable smell in your mouth, so here are two simple hacks to enjoy your next garlic clove:
- For the taste: To tone the taste down, slice off the top of a garlic clove and roast it in the oven.
- For the smell: Use fresh parsley to get the taste out.