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Inflammation, whether in your joints, gut, or brain, quickly ages the body and is the core mechanism behind many disorders.
If you are looking for ways to curb inflammation, you may not need to look any further than your kitchen.
This golden root contains a plant chemical called curcumin. (1) Research shows that curcumin reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels. Histamine is chemical that triggers an inflammatory response in the body.
Curcumin also naturally increases your production of anti-inflammatory compounds, like cortisol. (2)(3) Studies show that curcumin can be as effective as synthetic cortisone in its ability to control inflammation. (4)
Turmeric is not only profoundly anti-inflammatory. (5) It also:
Wasabi is one of three top anti-inflammatory foods that pack a powerful punch. Wasabi contains isothiocyanates that can ease inflammation and even inhibit related cancer growth.
Wasabi japonica is spicy and pungent. It is a member of the brassica family, and its relatives are horseradish, cabbage, and mustard. It grows along streambeds in Japan, and its root is used to make wasabi paste—a green condiment often served with sushi.
Many brassicas—including wasabi—are rich in a group of plant chemicals called isothiocyanates (eye-so-thee-oh-sigh-an-ates). (6) Isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit inflammation and the growth of cancers associated with inflammation. (7)(8)
Isothiocyanates also control inflammation associated with obesity and excess abdominal fat—or “beer belly.” (9)
Still other studies show that the isothiocyanates derived from Wasabi japonica interfere with several inflammatory pathways in the body. (10) In other words: Even though many roads lead to inflammation, isothiocyanate-rich wasabi puts a roadblock in nearly all of them.
Real wasabi paste can be tough to find. In the United States, it’s common to see substitutes made with horseradish, mustard, starch, and green food coloring. Since wasabi also stimulates bile flow and assists with cellular detoxification pathways in the liver, Body Ecology’s LivAmend formula includes genuine Wasabi japonica.
Using turmeric with wasabi: Studies show that the active anti-inflammatory chemicals in turmeric and wasabi work synergistically with one another. (11)
Spirulina is a blue-green algae and the world’s richest source of vitamin B12. This superfood is roughly 62% amino acids (building blocks for protein) and loaded with antioxidants. (12)(13)
Spirulina acts on inflammatory pathways in the body. (14) Other research shows that Spirulina may reduce arthritis, which is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints. (15)
Research also confirms that the proteins in Spirulina inhibit the production and release of histamine, which is one chemical that ignites an inflammatory response in the body. In this study, researchers concluded that Spirulina has “potent anti-inflammatory benefits.” (16) In a more recent study, the same group of researchers found Spirulina to “contribute to the prevention of early atherosclerosis.” (17)
Unfortunately, Spirulina is very difficult to digest and, for those who have digestive issues, incapable of being properly assimilated into the body.
Research shows that fermented Spirulina contains plant chemicals that have already undergone a conversion process that usually takes place in the body. (18) This means that fermented Spirulina is the most efficient and potent form of Spirulina available.
A full-blown inflammatory response can quickly wreak havoc on your body and may be at the root of numerous health disorders.
Fortunately, 3 powerful foods can be used to calm inflammation and get your health back on track:
To get the most out of these anti-inflammatory power foods, enjoy turmeric and wasabi at the same time! Research confirms that active anti-inflammatory chemicals in turmeric and wasabi work in synergy to improve overall health.
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