In an earlier post I gave a list of foods and herbs that have a it-inflammatory benefits when eaten. The list is broad But far from complete. Many of these foods have “relatives” that have similar benefits and often combine with these stars.
The list is: Turmeric,Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Citrus Fruits, Berries, Tart Cherries, Omega 3 fatty acids– oils or in foods
It is quite easy to figure out how to use citrus fruits and berries. Just grab and eat, but they can also be incoorated into other dishes and recipes.
Add them to smoothies, make healthy puddings with chia seeds, juice and fruit, top green salads or get CRAZY and mix with spicy peppers to spread on other foods or even crackers. AND of course they can be used in recipes with the others on this all star list.
Tart cherries are super stars but may require effort to purchase. They can be found dried, in juice form or in cans (packed in water). You may be able to find fresh and grocers may be able to find them for you. The juice makes a great base for a drink when combined with cold seltzer, turmeric and ginger. The cherries can also be combined in meals with other fruits and veggies especially salads. Salads that have a dressing with an omega 3 oil will be exploding with benefits..
Garlic can be eaten, cook and s with and taken in supplement form. This combination allows one to consume the equivalent a bulb of garlic every day. Now having meals loaded with garlic and onions is quite delicious but doing so every day limits the breadth of dietary choices, and may limit the social life if everyone in your circle is not garlic loving.
Turmeric and ginger are my personal favorites ( at least today). It is a question much like asking a parent, “who is your favorite child?” , but I have had great success with turmeric and ginger for some time now. They are great seasonings and flavoring ingredients so they can be delivered to an inflamed body as part of a delicious curry or sauce, added to marinades, soups and stews. They can be used in dried form but they are also available in many areas as the fresh ” root”. The fresh versions can be chopped, or mashed or cut in to pieces for use. Turmeric and ginger are also available in capsule form as a supplement.
Currently my favorite way to consume turmeric, ginger and cinnamon is when powder is added to shaker bottle with ice, tart cherry juice and some water ( sometimes seltzer) and I drink 2-4 cups of this drink daily. Often add raw apple cider vinegar for the added benefit.