It is estimated that approximately 8% of the American population suffers from some sort of autoimmune disease.
Though it is believed by the medical community at large that the immune system simply begins attacking itself for no reason, it’s widely understood by the natural health community that processed food, stress, vaccines, prescription medications and environment have a LOT to do with their development.
In this article, I give a list of seven spices that can help treat autoimmune disease naturally, instead of just covering up your symptoms.
Not only is garlic a delicious flavor-enhancing spice, it can give a natural boost to your immune system. Medical research suggests garlic supports the body’s immune system and stimulates macrophages and lymphocytes, which prevent tumor growth and destroy cancer cells.
Peeling onions may make you cry but it is well worth it for their immune-boosting properties. Onions contain quercetin, which fights allergies and decreases inflammation. They also contain flavonoids, which may help inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and the development of stomach cancer.
If you suffer from autoimmune disease, you often have to deal with inflammation of the stomach, muscles and joints. Cayenne pepper can halt this painful inflammation in its tracks. This hot spice also encourages healthy digestion and elimination of toxins from the body. Sprinkle cayenne pepper in scrambled eggs, on salads, eggs and more.
Want a more powerful punch? Mix half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into warm water and drink! (You’ll get used to it.)
This savory yet sweet spice inhibits the growth of para-TB, a heat-resistant bacterium found in heat-pasteurized milk. Sodium benzoate, a metabolite of cinnamon, has been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory molecules found in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Its natural antibacterial, antiviral and antitumor properties make it a must-have spice in your autoimmune-disease-fighting arsenal!
Cloves boost the immune system with their powerful anti-viral properties. They have been used for centuries to treat toothache, indigestion, asthma and blood impurities.
Turmeric is incredibly beneficial for your immune system! If you’re living with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or leaky gut syndrome, adding turmeric to your diet can do a world of good. It reduces inflammation in the intestines and tightens the gut, making it less likely for undigested pieces of food to enter the bloodstream and cause an autoimmune reaction. Turmeric also boosts the immune system by scavenging the highly reactive oxidant, hydroxyl radical.
Fennel is a great spice to treat autoimmune disease because it’s filled with vitamin C, antioxidants and essential minerals. Its high fiber content helps remove harmful toxins from the colon, improving overall health.
Whether you’re living with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease or any other autoimmune disease, these spices can help. Each contains immune-boosting properties that can help relieve pain, inflammation, fatigue and discomfort. Certain spices should be avoided when taking prescription medication. For more information and personal advice, consult with a trained naturopath in your area.
Jaime A. Heidel is the founder of I Told You I Was Sick , a website dedicated to helping those suffering with mysterious symptoms find natural ways to heal themselves.