Ditch the Drugs: 8 Natural Supplements That Help Fight Inflammation

Injuries and medical conditions can cause inflammation in your body. This not only leads to pain and discomfort, but also causes mobility issues and decreased quality of life. You’ve probably tried all kinds of medications to ease your symptoms and decrease inflammation. However, they don’t come without side effects.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our goal is to help you naturally fight the inflammatory response in your body. Dr. Mark Conliffe has a diverse array of skill sets to help you deal with pain and discomfort related to inflammatory conditions in your body.

What causes inflammation?

Inflammation is a body response to illness or an injury. It’s an immune response in which white blood cells are triggered to the area that’s affected. Blood flow then increases to that area, which can cause a buildup of fluid. You may feel symptoms such as:

Inflammation can come on suddenly and go away just as fast, or it can linger in your life chronically. Chronic inflammation can last anywhere from months to years, long after the initial trigger of the inflammatory response has subsided. 

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can help short term, however they’re harsh on your body if taken on a regular basis. This goes for other medications commonly used for inflammation such as corticosteroids. Sometimes, the natural alternative is a better option for dealing with your symptoms.

8 supplements that can help

Natural supplements are not only healthier for your body in the long run, but often produce several health benefits along the way. Whether you’re living with a chronic condition causing inflammation or an acute disorder, supplements can enhance your internal health.

1. Curcurmin

This is found in turmeric as the active ingredient and can help reduce inflammation due to certain metabolic conditions. It can also help you heal faster and can even reduce your risk of cancer. Curcurmin can be taken up to three times a day at a dose of 400-600 milligrams per dose.

2. Fish oil

Fish oil is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which aid in many vital processes within your body. It's also been shown to decrease inflammation caused by conditions such as diabetes and cancer. It contains DHA, which can help your gut health, along with helping your muscles recover after exercise. Normal dosage is 1000-1500 milligrams per day.

3. Ginger

Ginger is not only a tasty addition to your favorite dishes; it also has many health benefits. It can be used to help treat indigestion along with other stomach problems. Ginger has been shown to reduce inflammation related to certain diseases like kidney disease, and the normal dose is 1000 milligrams per day.

4. Capsaicin

This supplement is found in peppers, and it’s what gives them their spice factor. It’s been shown to help ease muscular and nerve pain in your body. Capsaicin comes in cream form, which can be applied directly to the area of inflammation, or it’s also available in pill form.

5. Cat’s claw

Cat’s claw is derived from a plant and is shown to help with inflammation within your body. It’s especially good for reducing TNF-alpha, which is a chemical that plays a large part in inflammation. It comes in tea and pill, and the normal dose is 20-30 milligrams per day.

6. Zinc

Zinc deficiencies in the body can lead to inflammatory conditions. By taking a zinc supplement, you can reduce several inflammatory markers in your body and reduce your risk of infection. Zinc can also help boost your immune system. Normal doses of zinc are 11 milligrams for men and 8 milligrams for women.

7. Green tea

Green tea is a delicious way to help fight your inflammation. It has been shown to reduce certain chemicals that cause inflammation in your body. It also helps with arthritis by slowing the breakdown of cartilage within your body. You can take green tea extract capsules, at 300-400 milligrams per day.

8. Resveratrol

This supplement is found in certain foods such as grapes, nuts, and blueberries. It has been shown in studies to reduce inflammatory markers in your body, caused by conditions like ulcerative colitis. Resveratrol has also been shown to lower blood sugar and triglycerides. Normal dosing is 150-500 milligrams per day.

As with any other drug or supplement, it’s always good to check with Dr. Conliffe before starting any supplement. Certain medications can interact poorly with certain supplements, so discussing it with one of our doctors first will save you from any unpleasant interactions.

If you’re ready to ditch the classic anti-inflammatory drugs for more natural supplements, call our office at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online today.

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