Natural Inflammation Relief
Inflammation is a normal process meant to heal the body. However, it can get out of control and lead to major problems. Imagine running a marathon. When you finish, your knees will probably hurt, there may be some ‘puffiness,’ definitely stiffness and some collagen loss . Your natural inflammatory response will stimulate your body to begin healing itself. Within a week or so, you’ll be fully recovered and likely even a little bit stronger than before. But imagine runningthat marathon every day. Your knees would constantly be experiencing inflammation and never be able to fully heal. In time, your tissues would break down and your knees would become far more painful, puffy and stiff. Pretty soon, no working knees! This is similar to what can happen inside your body! In fact, It is becoming more and more clear that chronic inflammation leads to disease.1 Here are the 3 best supplements to reduce inflammation:
One of the Strongest Anti-Inflammatory Herbs
Many people are already familiar with turmeric because it is a popular spice, but it also has incredible health benefits. It is one of the best anti-inflammatory products out there. Plus it has powerful antioxidant properties.2,3 In fact, it is so powerful that it combats all sorts of diseases of the heart and brain, fights diabetes, obesity, immune disorders, helps removes toxins and even fights cancer.4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Keep in mind however, that turmeric alone is not very effective. It absorbs very poorly, but pipperine, from black pepper, can improve its absorption by as much as 2000%.2 You can learn more here where I have written an entire article on turmeric.
Fish Oil and Inflammation
Fish oil has many benefits as well and is another of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory supplements out there. Thus, it is also helpful in treating health problems such as heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and even cancer.12 The benefits come from the omega 3’s found in fish oil. These consist of DHA and EPA. Their amazing health protection was discovered years ago when we still thought all fat was bad. But researchers studying traditional Eskimos were baffled. These people eat a lot of seal and whale blubber, yet they almost never get heart disease or diabetes.13
A Dose of Better Health with ALA
Alpha lipoic acid is another fat, similar to DHA and EPA that effectively reduce inflammation naturally. Insulin resistance, cancer, liver disease and heart disease are just a few of the health problems that ALA prevents.14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21 Plus, it helps control blood sugar and diabetes.23,24
These alone are great reasons to take ALA, but there is more. It also protects cells from free radical damage as a powerful antioxidant.22 But, it is not just a regular antioxidant. It is both fat and water soluble and can thus neutralize free radicals anywhere in your body. Most antioxidants, no matter how powerful, are either fat or water soluble, but not both.
Normally, free radicals can cause damage, referred to as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress causes significant inflammation. This leads to disease but antioxidants, especially ALA, eliminate these toxins before they can cause damage.