Even though inflammation is a critical part of our immune response to health threats, excess inflammation can seriously undermine our health.
Inflammation And Chronic Disease
It has been scientifically shown that unchecked inflammation is linked to the earliest stages of disease development. Excess inflammation is the underlying cause of many chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Therefore, addressing inflammation properly through lifestyle changes is the key to reducing the prevalence of inflammation, which is constantly on the rise.
“We have enough information presently to make the necessary changes in our lifestyle to significantly affect the inflammatory process and potentially live longer, healthier lives, with fewer burdens to an overburdened and failing medical system,” T. Edwards writes in a In a 2005 scientific publication.
How To Combat Inflammation
Diet is the biggest controllable factor when it comes to inflammation. There certain foods which cause dangerous inflammation but there are others which provide the opposite effects. Turmeric is one of those powerful anti-inflammatory foods.
Although turmeric has been long used as anti-inflammatory agent in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, it hasn’t been adopted in western culture up until a few years ago.
According to a 2011 study, turmeric lowered the production of inflammatory cytokines while increasing the production of anti-inflammatory ones. Additionally, this study which was studying turmeric`s effects on arthritis in rats, found that turmeric is far superior to ginger in terms of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Apart from being used as potent anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric is also used to treat ulcers, IBD, Crohn`s disease, and to promote digestive health. It prevents cancer too, due to its antioxidant properties. According to a study which tested three different types of turmeric root, it had the ability to reduce colon cancer, melanoma, leukemia, and breast cancer.
Black Pepper Benefits
Combining turmeric with black pepper enhances its effects as piperine, a compound found in black pepper, increases the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000 percent.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a compound which makes them potent antioxidants and gives them their red color. Lycopene reduces cancer risk and it also helps prevent heart disease by keeping blood pressure in check and lowering cholesterol levels. It is worth mentioning that cooked tomatoes have higher bioavailability than raw tomatoes.
Turmeric Tomato Soup Recipe
This soup combines all three chronic-disease fighting foods and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare!
- 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
- 1 minced onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in halves
- 3-4 medium-sized tomatoes, diced and remove seeds
- ½ cup low-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- Pour the coconut oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic over medium heat for a minute
- Add the turmeric and cherry tomatoes and cook until the cherry tomatoes soften
- Add the diced tomatoes, stock, basil, and apple cider vinegar. Bring to boil and then simmer on low heat for five minutes
- Blend with a blender or hand mixer
- Season with black pepper and salt