Spicing up your diet could help ease arthritic joints
GARLIC, ginger, cinnamon and saffron might help treat rheumatoid arthritis, suggests a study published in the journal Nutrients.
Spices have long been used in traditional medicine. Now scientists are exploring their potential benefits for this condition, in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues, causing stiff, painful joints. Researchers from the University of Lille in France suggest the spices might be helpful due to their anti-inflammatory effects, and could complement existing drugs for chronic inflammatory diseases.
A compound in ginger called 6-shogaol, for example, has been shown to reduce swelling, while cinnamon blocks immune cells that trigger inflammation.
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