Even tough inflammation is a crucial part of our immune response to health threats, when it appears out of context; it does a lot more harm than good.
Inflammation and chronic disease
Research has proven that unchecked inflammation in the body is the reason for the earliest stages of disease development. Inflammation is the main cause for many common chronic diseases like asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis. The key to decreasing the number of people that suffer from a chronic disease is to treat inflammation through lifestyle changes and diet. T Edwards in a 2005 scientific publication explained that we have enough information to make the necessary changes to our lifestyle and significantly affect the process of inflammation so that we can potentially live longer and healthier lives.
How to fight inflammation
Our diet is the biggest factor that we can control when it comes to inflammation. While there are foods that cause unnecessary and dangerous inflammation, there are others that do just the opposite. Turmeric is one of these foods.
Benefits from turmeric
For a long time, turmeric has been used as a part of Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been widely adopted in western culture for the same reasons. A study conducted in 2011 tested the effects of turmeric on arthritis I rats, and found out that turmeric decreases the production of inflammatory cytokines and increases the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines in the body. These researches compared turmeric to ginger, and discovered that it was a better anti-inflammatory than ginger is. Turmeric is also used to maintain digestive health. In addition, it helps in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease. Also, turmeric helps prevent cancer because it is an anti-oxidant. One study that tested 3 types of turmeric root discovered that it was able to reduce colon cancer, breast cancer, melanoma cancer and leukemia.
Benefits from black pepper
Eating black pepper increases the effects of turmeric. Piperine, substance in black pepper increases your body’s ability to absorb turmeric by 2000%. Even on its own, black pepper fights oxidation in your body and helps maintaining a healthy digestion.
Benefits from tomato
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which gives them their red color. It is also the component that makes them powerful anti-oxidants. Not only do they reduce the risk of cancer, but eating tomatoes can also prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels in your body and maintaining your blood pressure low. The bioavailability of lycopene is significantly increased when we consume cooked tomatoes compared to raw tomatoes.
Turmeric tomato soup recipe
This delicious and colorful vegan soup takes all the positive effects from all of these three foods. It is also very easy and quick to make, only 15 minutes.
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- ¾ cup of cherry tomatoes rinsed and cut in half.
- ½ cup low-sodium vegetable stock.
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 minced onion
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dried basil
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
How to make it:
- Fry some onions and garlic in coconut oil on medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add cherry tomatoes and turmeric. Cook until the tomatoes get soft.
- Add canned tomatoes, stock and basil. Bring to boil on a medium heat level, then cover it and let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Blend the mixture with a blender or hand mixer until it gets creamy.
- Season with pepper and salt.