Saturday, September 24, 2016

Components in Spices as Pain Reliever

As a partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP, Andrew Barovick handles medical malpractice cases, social security disability cases, and personal injury cases. One of Andrew Barovick’s hobbies is cooking. He enjoys Indian food and other cuisines that are heavily spiced.

According to experts, spicy food has many health benefits. Capsaicin, a component found in hot peppers, is known to lead to increased immunity and pain relief. Doctors have used cream made with capsaicin to ease pain from arthritis, shingles, and headaches. Curcumin, a component found in turmeric, is purported to help prevent cancer and decrease inflammation in the body, among other benefits. 

Experts advise that people do not have to add large amounts of spices straight to food, especially if they have a low tolerance to spicy food. It is okay to start by adding an indiscernible amount of crushed red pepper or ground cayenne and/or turmeric to two to three meals a week. Depending on preference, spices can be used to sauté food, added to ready-made dishes, or even sipped as hot teas.