Found in many South Asian dishes, this powerful anti-inflammatory spice can also be purchased in a capsule or pill form (just make sure you buy from a quality source you trust). Many people take doses of 1,000 milligrams a day.
The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study in 2009 that showed the active ingredient in turmeric relieved pain and improved function in knee osteoarthritis equally to ibuprofen.
Be advised: turmeric can slow blood clotting in some cases and should not be taken within two weeks of any planned surgeries or procedures. It is also believed to worsen gallbladder problems in some individuals.
Not only is this an ingredient of tasty treats, this spice has also been proven to decrease pain and stiffness.
In a study by the University of Miami, it was shown that ginger extract successfully eased pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent compared to the patients taking a placebo. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that directly affect inflammation on a cellular level in the body.