Natural Anti Inflammatories
There are a number of natural anti inflammatory supplements and foods that can provide the healing benefits without the potential side effects of many mainstream anti inflammatories on the market today.
Anti inflammatory drugs are some of the most common pain relief medication worldwide, used to treat headaches, arthritis, muscle sprains and other ailments, by reducing swelling in the problem area.
In Australia, these drugs include:
- Ibuprofen (found in Nurofen, Dimetapp, Advil)
- Naproxen (found in Naprogesic, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Diclofenac (found in Voltaren, Fenac, Clonac)
But research has shown taking these anti-inflammatories can increase your risk of stroke and contribute to a build up of toxins in your body that can lead to a range of other health issues.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Drugs
Certain herbs possess anti-inflammatory metabolites – these help inhibit certain stages of inflammation and reduce swelling and redness. Some herbs have a diuretic action that increases the excretion of inflammatory by-products and excess fluids from the body to further lessen pain, irritation and swelling.
EFA Krill – Supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory and immune responses as well as providing many other benefits to cardiovasular health and joint health.
Protect Anti-Inflammatory – Contains anti-inflammatory herbal extracts and helps to provide relief from the symptoms associated with joint inflammation and other health issues.
Both of these natural supplements are an effect and healthy way to reduce inflammation, rather than over the counter mainstream drugs!
Foods with anti-inflammatory benefits
Your diet can also act to assist against inflammation. Here are some foods which are helpful and others which are detrimental. There are obviously others on both sides.
|Best anti-inflammatory foods:
Ginger – numerous benefits, ginger tea great
Blueberries – ideally organic to avoid pesticides
Cruciferous vegetables – kale, broccoli, spinach
Green Tea – contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids
Turmeric – contains curcumin, an asian spice
Garlic – fights infection and inflammation
Olive Oil (extra virgin) – promotes longevity
Sweet Potato – help heal inflammation in the body
Pineapple – contains the extract bromelain
|Worst anti-inflammatory foods:
Sugar – found in processed foods, the worst culprit
Dairy – milk especially, and many yoghurts
Alcohol – irritates and inflames numerous organs
Red Meat – contains unnatural compound Neu5GC
Trans Fats – in fried foods and fast foods
Processed Grains – white bread/rice/pasta/flour
Common Cooking Oil – sunflower, corn, soy
MSG – food additives can trigger inflammation