Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, turmeric is also thought to reduce cognitive decline. A 2006 study found that older Singaporeans who are more curry had less cognitive decline, thanks to the active compound in turmeric called curcumin.
A 2003 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found that rosmarinic acid (found in rosemary) inhibited the progression of arthritis in lab mice. If you don’t struggle with arthritis, rosemary is also known as a source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help the immune system and improve blood circulation.
Ginger is thought to be somewhat of a cure-all, good for inflammation, pain, fatigue, sore muscles, nausea, sore throats and digestion.
Delicious when sprinkled over French toast or a chai latte, cinnamon is also used in some Ayurvedic herbal preparations and is thought to act as an anti-inflammatory, while it’s antioxidant properties are thought to reduce cellular damage and some diseases.
A 2017 study on clove essential oil found evidence of anti-inflammatory properties in the herb, as well as anti-cancer properties.
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