Most of time, the pain, the swelling, the heat and the redness that you experience – Serve a good purpose.
It’s your body’s immune system fighting infection or clearing up damaged tissues.
But when inflammation becomes chronic, or spreads through your body, inflammation turns into a serious threat to your health. It can last for years and it’s been found to be an underlying cause of many diseases (Arthritis, cancer, diabetes and more examples you don’t want to know about).
It’s critical to take control over inflammation. But trying to cure inflammation with another health hazard – NSAID drugs – Seems rather stupid to me. So if you are looking for safe alternatives, such as natural anti inflammation supplements, you’re making a wise decision.
Nature offers plenty of natural inflammation fighters, here are some of the best of them:
The Top 10 Anti-Inflammation Supplements
1. Proteolytic Enzymes
Research indicates these enzymes work throughout your entire body to help it fight inflammation. They also cleanse and “thin” the blood (so you can’t use them if you are taking blood thinners) and boost the immune system. Unfortunately with the nutrient-deficient food we’re eating today, most of we adults have very low levels of these enzymes. (You can find systemic enzymes in this supplement)
This special natural compound, extracted from pineapple, contains several proteolytic enzymes that have been shown to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body. Many studies have already shown how it reduces inflammation and removes “waste” and toxins from the blood. This is a good Bromelain supplement (Combined with Papain).
This is a “famous” ingredient in anti inflammation supplements. There are literally over 20,000 research studies available on how glutathione can help your body in everything from cancer prevention to more supple skin.
Glutathione is quite literally THE most important antioxidant in your body. It is the ONLY antioxidant in your body that has the ability to eliminate ALL free radicals, not just specific types!
4. Turmeric Extract
The simplest way is to spice your food with Turmeric powder, but some of us don’t like the taste. Turmeric “seeks and destroys” free radicals that cause pain and swelling among other diseases.
A recent study done at the prestigious Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center in New York, found that Turmeric was more safe and precise than aspirin in eliminating inflammation (without the well-known side effect of aspirin – stomach irritation).
Papain is unique in that it’s been shown to actually attack tumor cells and boost the immune system. It also contains a wide range of proteolytic enzymes. Many nutritionists suggest taking it for diabetes, herpes, cancer and indigestion.
6. Boswellia Extract
Besides being a natural anti-inflammatory, Boswellia also helps keeping a healthy blood circulation. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study, 30 patients received 333mg, 3x a day of Boswelia.
The group who received the Boswelia had a significant reduction in pain and swelling and experienced an increase in joint mobility and flexibility as compared to the placebo group.
7. Devil’s Claw
One of the hundreds of studies even found that this herb is as effective in reducing inflammation as a common arthritis medication – phenylbutazone, but without the side effects of course.
A series of studies completed in Germany found that the main ingredient in Devil’s Claw was indistinguishable from Vioxx in the treatment of chronic low back pain.
8. Ginger Extract
This root is very popular in Asian medicine, over 2500 years old. It’s an anti inflammatory, but also eliminates nausea and reduces pain. Ginger extract reduces the amount of prostaglandins, which are responsible for the feeling of pain.
In other words, it does what NSAID’s and prescription pain meds do, but naturally
9. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is very well-known for its anti-oxidant properties. Vitamin E has been shown to be beneficial in numerous situations and conditions such as controlling high blood pressure, maintaining healthy and balanced cholesterol levels and boosting immune system function.
10. Citrus Bioflavanoids
Citrus bioflavanoids aid in the absorption of vitamins and act as important anti-oxidants. They also inhibit collagens and elastase, the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of connective tissue.
That way your joints and ligaments stay as healthy as when you were a teenager. In addition to protecting connective tissues, they also protect against free radical damage.
How to Choose From All of These Supplements?
You don’t have to. There are supplements combine some of these components, and there’s one supplement that I know of, which has all of these plus systemic enzymes. It’s called Heal n’ Soothe, maybe you’ve heard of it?
Is It Guaranteed to work?
Well, just like with ANY other health treatment, the answer is – No. There are no guarantees, but you’ll never know until you try. For some people, a natural anti inflammation supplement is not going to be enough. For others, one supplement will have a dramatic impact on their health.
And you’ll never know until you try, right?
To your health and happiness, Meital
Do not forget to consult with your doctor before you start taking ANY supplement, natural doesn’t mean a 100% safe, especially if you take some types of medication. O.k?
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