Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury or infection and manifests in the form of redness, heat or swelling in a localised area. Acute inflammation is the initial protective response of your body to injury or infection, and is designed to heal the body and restore normal tissue function. If inflammation persists, it shifts into the basket of chronic inflammation, and can be the result of a prolonged infection, autoimmune reaction or allergy.
Before you race into the chemist for an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, check your pantry for the amazing natural anti-inflammatories discussed below. Such natural remedies used to be, and in some places still are, the foundation of traditional medicine. We are beyond happy to see these making a rise again in the health world, not only for treating health ailments, but for working in the prevention of such health issues before they arise. Check out how easy it can be to include anti-inflammatories in your daily intake without supplementing or medication. A lot of these foods are likely to be right at your fingertips…
Omegas for life! Omega-3 fatty acids, some of the best essential fats, have been long-acknowledged for their strong anti-inflammatory properties. Found prominently in flaxseed, mustard seeds, walnuts and oily fish, these essential fatty acids must be consumed in the diet to reach an abundant supply for your body. Further health benefits of these lovelies include regulating blood pressure and cholesterol, promoting bone health and supporting brain function. You can’t go wrong!
Ginger is not to be underrated! A powerful anti-inflammatory that helps ease symptoms of swelling and joint pain, ginger is also a wonderful digestive reliever and can help alleviate digestive complaints and nausea. The combined effects of ginger in soothing your digestion, treating inflamed areas in the body and detoxifying make it a great overall immune booster.
Our personal fave! With its beautiful vibrant colour and mellow flavour, we love our turmeric in curries, soups, smoothies, lattes and teas. Traditionally used as a natural anti-inflammatory in India, Nepal and Southeast Asia, turmeric’s health benefits come from a group of flavonoids it contains, called curcuminoids. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is not only a strong anti-inflammatory but provides further benefits in suppressing the growth of fat in your body, minimising DNA damage, protecting your amazing liver, reducing blood sugar and stimulating your mood. WOW!
Black pepper or cayenne pepper? Well, both actually! Black pepper is brilliant when consumed alongside turmeric as it improves your body’s uptake of the health-promoting compounds found in turmeric. Cayenne pepper is equally fabulous as a natural anti-inflammatory, attributable to its content of natural compounds called capsaicinoids. In addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory spice, cayenne pepper is also an important digestive aid. Be sure to include a dash in your next savoury dish for a spicy health punch!
Cinnamon is a wonderful aromatic spice and lovely addition to both sweet and savoury dishes. Because of its numbing effect, cinnamon may be used as an anti-inflammatory in easing arthritic or period pain. The tastiest of ways for relieving pain! It has shown to be beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels, which means it is great for providing sustained energy and increased mood, as well as minimising symptoms associated with diabetes.
Want to know our fave way of getting FOUR of these amazing natural anti-inflammatories all in one go? The Nut Mylk Co. Organic Turmeric Blend! A carefully crafted blend of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and black pepper, this is the tastiest morning latte or night cap that’s sure to make your bod happy. Try it out with your favourite milk and let us know what you think!