A Spicy Solution to Inflammation
Add soothing spices to your diet and relieve inflammation.
Comfort food takes on a deeper level of meaning when you take into account the therapeutic benefits of certain fare (and we’re not just talking chicken soup). Spices can do so much more than add flavour to our nosh.
Consider this: a study at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center in New York found that turmeric was safer and more precise than Aspirin in stopping inflammation. Nutritionist Julie Daniluk explores the holistic properties of spices and other foods in. Although inflammation is the process by which our body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances, like bacteria and viruses, chronic inflammation is the root of many conditions, such as arthritis, colitis and asthma, to name just a few. It is also linked to many life-shortening diseases, like coronary heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Recipe: DIJON CHICKEN
This fast, healthy meal tastes great as leftovers the next day. The coconut milk contains lauric acid, which helps boost the immune system. Mustard seeds in Dijon mustard are a good source of selenium, a nutrient shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and help prevent cancer. Turmeric has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
Using skinless chicken reduces the amount of saturated fat in the recipe.
8 (2.2 lb/1 kg) skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp (5 ml) turmeric
1⁄2tsp (2.5 ml) grey sea salt
1⁄4cup (60 ml) vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups (500 ml) sliced red onion
1⁄4cup (60 ml) natural Dijon
1⁄3cup (85 ml) coconut milk
2 tbsp (30 ml)