“Chronic inflammation affects your entire body and negatively impacts health,” says Jackie Topol , RD, integrative dietitian at Integrative Health and Wellbeing. It can lead to oxidative stress, which occurs when too many overly reactive molecules–known as free radicals–are formed and begin to do damage to cells, including their DNA. Topol notes that over time, this constant and cumulative damage can lead to serious health problems including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and arthritis, as well as thyroid issues.
Turmeric has many health benefits, most notably reducing inflammation, and it may also protect and heal damaged and diseased liver, however it depends how much the liver is damaged. Obviously if the inflammation is serious, you cannot rely only on turmeric and medical advice is needed. There is no established amount of time as to how long you need to drink it, but probably it takes several weeks to take effect. It can also be part of your daily diet if you consume it in normal food quantities. Turmeric and ginger may interact with some medications, so if you take certain medications, talk with your doctor.
Peppers are an anti-inflammatory superfood—but go red to reap the most benefits. Out of the three colors of bell pepper, red have the highest amount of inflammatory-biomarker-reducing vitamin C along with the bioflavonoids beta-carotene, quercetin, and luteolin, according to research in the Journal of Food Science . Luteolin has been found to neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. And allergy research has shown that quercetin acts as a mast-cell stabilizer, which decreases the number of cells reacting to an allergen. Mast cells are responsible for releasing histamine during inflammatory and allergic reactions.