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The Best Anti-Inflammatory Spices: Rosemary

I've heard that inflammation is bad for me and can hurt my sports performance. Why is that, and is there an easy way to keep inflammation down?

May 30, 2012
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Outside Magazine
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What it is: Rosemary is an evergreen shrub that’s easily grown anywhere that's warm (including your windowsill). In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, studies have found that rosemary may lower cortisol levels and help reduce anxiety, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

A recent study of plant-based anti-inflammatories showed that, while rosemary doesn’t have quite the anti-inflammatory super powers that ginger does, it still significantly inhibits the inflammatory response. It's also a powerful antioxidant and contains high levels of calcium, iron, and vitamin B6.

How to use it: Try stuffing a chicken with onions and fresh rosemary or sprinkling fresh rosemary over potatoes before roasting them. It's also a great aromatic addition to any number of pasta and meat sauces. (Note: The UMMC recommends you take in no more than four to six grams of the dried herb daily, as mega-doses may cause allergic reactions.)

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