6 Anti-Inflammatory Spices for Psoriatic Arthritis Relief


2. Chili Pepper Contains Capsaicin, Which Helps Ease Pain

Peppers get their heat from a compound called capsaicin, which “works by binding to pain receptors on your tongue, sending a signal to your brain. The spice isn’t a taste but a sensation that occurs because of that reaction,” says Alison Massey, RD, CDCES, owner of Flourish Nutrition Therapy and Wellness in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Chili pepper is a spicy addition for meat and seafood dishes, she says. It’s also great for firing up stews, soups, dressings, and marinades.

There’s no specific dose of chili pepper recommended for fighting inflammation, but the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Still, Massey emphasizes that consuming too much capsaicin can be harmful, so listen to your body and try to include a little spice in your dishes each day, as tolerated.

You can also try topical capsaicin for pain relief: When applied to the skin, capsaicin can temporarily reduce substance P, a chemical that plays a role in arthritis pain and inflammation.

3. Cloves May Help Ease Pain and Inflammation

According to an article published in the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cloves contain eugenol, a phytogenic bioactive component that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

To incorporate cloves into your diet, Massey suggests the following strategies:

  • Add two to four whole cloves to a pot of hearty soup or stew for both health and good flavor.
  • Use several whole cloves to infuse both flavor and nutrition into hot drinks. Be sure to take them out before consuming.

4. Ginger May Help Manage a Variety of Symptoms, Including Pain

A root with an energizing scent, ginger has been used throughout history to treat a variety of ailments, including nausea, asthma, diabetes, and pain. According to the Arthritis Foundation, ginger has been shown in some studies to reduce pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.

 Like psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by painful inflammation.

You can incorporate ginger into a psoriatic arthritis diet in a number of tasty ways, including in smoothies, marinades, or stir-fries. However, the exact amount needed to ease psoriatic arthritis isn’t known.

5. Celery Seeds Have Been Used for Millennia to Ease Pain

Fragrant celery seeds, which come from the flowers of the celery plant, have been used since ancient times to treat pain. Research shows that celery seed extract reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis in animal models.

According to Mount Sinai Health, celery seeds may interact with blood-thinning medications, lithium, and thyroid medications; if you’re taking any of these, it’s important to talk with your doctor before trying celery seed.

6. Cinnamon May Reduce Free Radical Damage

The Arthritis Foundation notes that cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid, which have antioxidant properties and may inhibit cell damage caused by free radicals, though more research is needed.

 And like cloves, cinnamon contains the anti-inflammatory eugenol as well.

Cinnamon is delicious to sprinkle on oatmeal or in a smoothie, but that won’t be enough for a therapeutic dose. However, if used in tandem throughout the day with other antioxidants, you can build up a cumulative effect.

Create a Diet Regimen With Your Doctor

Before you start incorporating any of these herbs and spices into your diet (or make any significant dietary changes), check with your healthcare providers that they are safe for your particular needs. Some of these may interfere with your medical regimen.

“Sometimes modifying your diet significantly does result in physical changes that might also warrant changes in your medication regimen. Your provider should be aware so those medication adjustments can be made appropriately,” says Massey. She also adds that discussing your goals regarding dietary and exercise changes provides an opportunity to receive new resources to help achieve those goals, such as a referral to a registered dietitian in your area.

Additional reporting by Brian P. Dunleavy.


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