It is well-known fact that Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) goes hand-in-hand with inflammation. It, therefore, makes it a good idea to include anti-inflammatory herbs and spices in your diet. Undeniably, when these food ingredients are consumed on their own, they are unlikely to have a noteworthy impact on relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
However, according to the Arthritis Foundation, including certain spices and herbs in an anti-inflammatory diet can contribute to alleviating inflammation and also help you manage or reduce other uncomfortable symptoms. An additional benefit is that you will liven up your meals when you add them to your recipes.
The following 5 organic herbs and spices are worth considering if you have rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger, has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine and medicine. According to a 2014 research published in the journal Arthritis, ginger has been discovered to have anti-inflammatory properties. These include the ability to suppress leukotrienes (inflammatory molecules) and synthesize prostaglandins (hormone-like substances) that cause inflammation and pain.
Ginger can be a valuable part of your control plan for the symptoms of arthritis. In addition to this, ginger can be used as pain relief for joint pain, chronic pain, stomach pain, menstrual pain, muscle soreness, and chest and low back pain. Other benefits of ginger as a form of herbal remedy include aiding digestion, reducing nausea, and help in fighting the common cold and flu.
Thyme is a fragrant herb with very high antioxidant properties. Historically, it has been long used in French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Italian dishes. Over time, it has been known for its food flavoring capabilities. However, thyme has been found to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. These make it therapeutic for rheumatoid arthritis.
According to a 2018 study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, it was discovered that thyme is the most used herbal medicine in treating people with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits, thyme essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves can be used in treating cough and other acute bronchitis symptoms. Other benefits include: boosting your immunity as it is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and it is a good source of iron, fiber, manganese, and copper.
Devil’s claw is a plant mostly used to treat pain and several other health conditions. Historically, the devil’s claw has been used in Africa for centuries. It has substantial anti-inflammatory properties. It provides considerable improvements in stiffness, pain, and function, especially in the elbow, hip, wrist, back, knee, shoulder, and hand.
Native to South Africa and the Kalahari Desert, devil’s claw has been used conventionally to treat various conditions. It contains chemicals capable of reducing swelling. As a result of this capability, it is suitable for treating conditions involving both inflammation and pain. Devil’s claw is mostly used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and back pain.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) often referred to as common nettle or nettle leaf, is a common plant native to Europe, United States, Asia, Western/ Northern Africa, and Canada. It largely grows in damp and fertile soil. It is generally referred to as stinging nettle due to the stinging sensation it gives animals and humans whenever they come in contact with it.
The Stinging nettle has hairs that contain various chemicals having anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. This makes it popular and suitable for use in the treatment of arthritis symptoms. According to research conducted by the Arthritis Foundation, it is said that the common nettle can help improve osteoarthritis (OA) pain, ease gout, and reduce inflammation. Other health benefits of the stinging nettle include: rich in a wide variety of nutrients, help in treating hay fever, and high blood pressure.
Turmeric has been largely used as alternative Chinese medicine and ayurvedic in treating various medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and different musculoskeletal disorders. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, a 2016 research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food revealed that curcumin – the active ingredient responsible for the yellow color has analgesic effects. It is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals responsible for cells damage and many diseases.
When combined with black pepper, turmeric helps the body to better absorb the curcumin. However, since it is equally a blood thinner, avoid taking large doses of turmeric when you are on a blood-thinning medication. Other health benefits of turmeric include help in lowering the risk of heart disease, useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease, help in fighting depression and other age-based chronic diseases.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory illness that can result in pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. While symptoms can be managed with exercise, proper nutrition, and medical treatments, compounds that naturally occur in the herbs and spices in this article can serve as alternative treatment options. The good news is that current research shows encouraging results about the efficacy of these natural and herbal therapies.
NOTE: We highly recommend that before using any herbal medications you should consult your health care provider or medical doctor for professional advice.
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