Natural Anti Inflammatory Supplements and Foods
More and more people are now seeking natural alternatives to anti-inflammatory medications. There are a wide range of supplements available which may have anti-inflammatory effects.
One of the most well known of these is turmeric. Turmeric is a spice which has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It contains the active compound curcumin which has natural anti-inflammatory properties and has been researched for the treatment of a wide range of conditions including arthritis.
White willow bark is another supplement with anti-inflammatory properties. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans to treat inflammation and pain. It contains the chemical salicin, which acts in a similar way to aspirin. However, white willow bark has a lower risk of side effects compared to conventional anti-inflammatory drugs.
Green tea is another natural anti-inflammatory. It contains chemicals called catechins which are thought to have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect within the body. To get the full benefits of green tea, it is recommended that you drink 3-4 cups daily, but green tea extract is also available in supplement form.
Other supplements often used to reduce inflammation include devil’s claw, cat’s claw and frankincense.
Omega 3 fatty acids are also helpful in fighting inflammation. They are available as a supplement but can also be included in your diet in the form of oily fish such as salmon and mackerel. Omega 3 fatty acids are also present in foods like avocados, nuts and olive oil.
Other foods to include in an anti-inflammatory diet are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale, berries, onions, whole grains and spices such as turmeric, ginger and cayenne pepper.
Avoid eating highly processed foods, refined sugars and trans fats as these are all thought to contribute to inflammation.