Decreasing Inflammation Is A Key
One of the first things any health practitioner will tell you about tennis elbow is that the inflammation is causing your elbow pain. If you can decrease the inflammation, you have already started the healing process.
Other than anti-inflammatory drugs, why not try natural remedies from your kitchen? They might spice up your life, literally!
In fact, if you have inflammation anywhere in your body, you may decide to start fixing yourself main entrees such as poached salmon in a tangy garlic ginger basil sauce on top of curried rice with a handful of both cilantro and parsley. You may just find that you feel better a few hours later!
Let’s examine why a meal just like this can potentially make you feel better when you have inflammation. Which herbs and spices have these properties and how can you use them when cooking?
1) Garlic Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties That May Ease Your Joint Pain
In a 2009 French study, researchers found that garlic had anti-inflammatory effects on the cells that became fat cells in the body. This was a pretty significant finding since extra fat in the body increases inflammation everywhere in the body.
Other studies have linked garlic to anti-inflammation, too, in addition to anti-cholesterol and antibacterial effects. Garlic is a winner when it comes to a culinary herb that can actually improve your health.
2) Ginger’s Anti-Inflammatory Properties Known For Decades
In one study, when ginger was eaten either raw or heated for eight days before students in college exercised, they had less muscle pain and the markers of inflammation in the body were lower the next day after exercise.
Markers of inflammation include C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin-6, Tumor Necrosis Factor, and Nuclear Factor-kB.
The taste of ginger is very distinct and some people shy away from it. But the anti-inflammatory properties of this herb speak for itself.
And when you have inflammation in the body, it really doesn’t matter where the inflammation is – in your knee, your back, your elbow joint, or in your head from the pressure felt from a headache. Ginger seems to know where exactly to go to fight against the inflammation.
You might even try shredding raw ginger and adding a cup of boiling water to a few tablespoons of the ginger in a hot beverage cup. You’ll feel a warm sensation, as the ginger seems to increase your circulation in the body, too. Or look up some old time ginger ale recipes and create some for yourself.
3) Holy Basil Has Anti Inflammatory Properties, Too
Holy Basil or Sweet Basil can be found in the U.S. and in many markets in foreign countries as well. Basil has such a pleasant taste to many people that it’s not uncommon to find it even in ice cream, now!
And with good reason. Add the herb to any favorite dish and basil will carry its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to each entrée, salad, or grain dish.
So adding a teaspoon of basil to that tangy ginger sauce may be exactly what you need to not only spice up a dish, but sleep well at night and wake up with less pain in your joints! That’s because researchers at the University of Michigan found that holy basil was just as effective as ibuprofen!
4) Turmeric – Anti Inflammatory Properties In Curry, Milk Or In Capsules
Turmeric is one of the key ingredients found in Thai and Indian curry dishes. It’s found in curry powders sold commercially and you can even find it in the health food store in capsules.
Scientists are excited about turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. Interestingly enough, Ayurvedic health practitioners already have known that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory herb. It’s also an herb used for those with digestive disorders.
And the most promising part about turmeric for those with elbow pain is that if it’s taken in warm milk before bed, turmeric strengthens cartilage and bone structure.
5) Research On Parsley’s Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Saudi Arabian scientists who were fascinated with the phytochemical properties of parsley put the culinary herb to the scrutiny of their best scientists in 2002.
They found that, sure enough, parsley was able to reduce inflammation and even reverse some of the damage induced by one of the worst chemicals, carbon tetrachloride. (Journal of Natural Remedies, 2002)
Even though this research doesn’t tell us about any effects that parsley had on joints, it does give us hope. Possibly by adding the herb to the dinner meal, you just might also feel less pain in the joints after a meal where parsley was added for flavor.
Don’t Forget The Healthy Fats!
There’s one more thing you should know. That salmon fish that you ate with the rest of the meal was also loaded in omega 3 fats, which decrease inflammation, too!
Now remember… fixing meals that have plenty of effective anti-inflammatory foods in them is a great idea, but do approach your tennis elbow from all angles.
Spend some time reading Tennis Secrets Revealed and you’ll find plenty of other natural ways to beat it and win!