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ABC Nutrition on Spicing Up to Cool Down Inflammation

Spices should never be underestimated. They can be added to almost any food or drink in some manner, and even the smallest dash can make for some unbelievable flavors. Not only do they have the power to improve taste, but they are extremely effective in curbing inflammation, too! Take advantage of these tiny, yet powerful, fighters of inflammation with each meal and beverage you take into your tummy. Believe ABC Nutrition when we tell you that spicing up your diet will cool down your inflammation. Here are just three of the many spices that can do great things for your health:

  1. A. Turmeric—This is a bright-yellow spice that is commonly found in Indian cuisines. It is useful in fighting colds, inflections, wounds, disease and of course inflammation, which can be a result of any health problem. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which is most helpful in easing inflammation and calming its symptoms in the body. Add turmeric to your diet by cooking up some curry with chicken, mixed beans or any of your favorite proteins. Add it to some soup for a new flavor when you have a cold, or when you need to warm up while trying to cool down your inflammation.
  2. B. Ginger—As a root with a strong flavor and many health benefits, ginger has been praised for its anti-inflammatory properties. Commonly used to cure colds, stomach problems and headaches, ginger’s abilities are just as amazing when it comes to inflammation. Add ginger to your stir-fry and whip it up with your veggies, or blend it into your smoothie for a dash of amazing flavor and a boost of anti-inflammatories. And you can never go wrong by adding a sliver on top of your sushi or sashimi for some great taste and health benefits.
  3. C. Garlic—Another versatile choice to spice up your dishes, garlic is a vegetable that is commonly used to extract bold flavors, but it also has some useful health benefits. It has been found to be a great anti-inflammatory, especially in the case of arthritis, and it can be added to just about any savory dish. If you want some strong garlic flavor, use it raw; this is most common in dips, like salsa and guacamole, or cold pasta dishes. If you prefer a more mild and subtle flavor, try to cook the garlic before you serve it to make it softer and less piercing to the palette. Some delicious dishes that work well with cooked garlic include meat or fish-based dishes, veggie stir-frys and soups.

Spices don’t just add amazing flavors to your dishes; they are also a great addition to a healthy diet. In particular, they are extremely effective in preventing and reducing inflammation in the body. Next time you whip up a meal, remember all the benefits and great tastes that come from spices. Start to spice it up a little for better nutrition, lesser inflammation and some outstanding flavors!

By Bess Berger


Bess Berger is a registered dietitian and started ABC Nutrition and Wellness to provide exceptional nutritional coaching tailored to each individual. Located in Teaneck, Bess has daytime and evening hours and weekend upon request. She can be reached at 201-281-0787 or [email protected]. Major insurances accepted.

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