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The Best Natural Anti-Inflammatory Supplements

by Bonnie Greene

Natural anti-inflammatory supplements are a healthy alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.

Traditional drugs as we know have adverse side effects and are harmful in one way or another to our health. They are not natural and our bodies eventually will display adverse reactions manifesting as symptoms related to other health problems.

Below is a list of the best natural anti-inflammatory supplements without risky side effects. Remember to consult with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

Olive Leaf Extract - is an amazing antibacterial and antiviral plant which has the ability to combat a range of illnesses. It has natural anti-inflammatory effects and studies have demonstrated the potency as a natural NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) similar to ibuprofen. Olive leaf extract is an immune enhancer and powerful antioxidant with proven clinical studies of beneficial effects for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Oleuropein is the olive leaf’s main component along with polyphenols, hydroxytyrosol, and tyrosol which are the substances that give the olive leaf it’s health benefits. An excellent potency level for olive leaf extract is 20% oleuropein. Olive leaf is available in capsule, tea, tincture, and powder forms.

Aloe Vera - is a medicinal plant with many health properties. The gel extracted from this plant is used in a variety of cosmetic and health products. As a topical aloe vera is used for a series of injuries and skin disorders including, cuts… burns… and insect bites. Aloe vera juice is an internal healer for gastrointestinal problems including inflammation. The anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera help to ease arthritis pain and increase joint mobility for sufferers.

Omega 3 (fish oil) – is a well known natural anti-inflammatory supplement. It has been recognized as possessing overall health promoting abilities by many of the leading medical establishments, including The American Heart Association, World Health Organization, The British Nutrition Foundation and the European Society for Cardiology.

The 3 essential fatty acids contained in omega 3 are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and ALA (alpha linolenic acid). Our bodies cannot produce these acids therefore taking a supplement or eating foods that contain omega 3 is vital to to your health. Omega 3 is effective in reducing the symptoms and incidence of various types of autoimmune disorders, heart disease, inflammatory disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientist also believe these essential acids are important in preventing mental disorders, such as attention deficit disorders and bipolar disease.

Black Cherry Extract – Black cherries are a delicious fruit with many health benefits known to reduce inflammation in the joints of people with various types of arthritis. Black cherries are also potent antioxidants. Research has demonstrated reduced amounts of uric acid buildup around joints which causes gout by ingesting fresh black cherries or consuming them in the form of a supplement, extract, or juice.

Boswellia (serrata, frankincense) – is a natural herbal anti-inflammatory supplement which behaves as COX-2 inhibitors. Originating as gum resin from the Boswellia serrata tree and native to India, boswellia reduces pain and  inflammation without gastric upset. Clinical studies have proven the successful uses of Boswellia for the treatment of neurological disorders… cardiovascular disease… rheumatoid arthritis… osteoarthritis… JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), and various other disorders. Boswellia is usually found in capsule or tablet forms. Creams are available for topical use.

Guggul Extract - is a type of gum resin originating from a thorny tree called commiphora mukul, native to India. Guggul is an herbal extract possessing medicinal properties and is effective in the treatment of arthritic pain and heart disease. It is an ingredient listed in various weight loss supplements and is useful in maintaining weight gain and lowering cholesterol. Research has shown guggul to have anti-inflammatory aspects which reduce levels of C-reactive protein. You can find guggul extract in tablet or capsule forms.

Ginger Root Extract – Ginger root is a plant originally cultivated in Southeast Asia. It is used in culinary and for medicinal applications. Traditional medicine utilizes the beneficial effects of the ginger root to reduce inflammation. Research discovered zingibain as the substance responsible for the anti-inflammatory and pain reduction characteristics of ginger root. Ginger root extract is beneficial for pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, muscle aches, and rheumatism. Ginger root is available in tablet… capsule… fresh or dried root… liquid… powder… and tea forms.

*Ginger oil can be used as massage oil to eliminate muscle strain.

Cat’s Claw (uncaria-tomentosa) – Results of previous studies have indicated this herb to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, knock out viruses  while also protecting the heart against disease. Cat’s claw is an anti-inflammatory herb, native to Brazil and Peru. It was traditionally used to treat arthritis… infections… gastrointestinal diseases… inflammations… rheumatism… tumors… and other forms of disease. Cat’s claw can be taken in forms of a capsule, tablet, dry extract, tincture or tea.

Turmeric Root Extract (curcumin) – A natural COX-2 inhibitor, native to India and Southeast Asia. It is known to reduce inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune disorders. Traditional Asian medicine incorporated the use of turmeric for the treatment of arthritis pain and gastrointestinal problems. Turmeric is also a natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic agent with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It has  similar anti-inflammatory effects as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects. Turmeric has proven positive effects in the treatment of various types of cancers and tumors. Turmeric extract can be found in powder, liquid or capsule forms.

White Willow Bark (weeping willow) – is  known for it’s  pain and inflammation relief effects. White Willow Bark produces salicin, a substance which converts into salicylate when metabolized. Salicylates blocks the formation of prostaglandins which triggers arthritis inflammation. This chemical reaction is similar to aspirin but without the risk of bleeding. White Willow Bark is recommended by herbalist to treat arthritis… headaches… fevers… and heart disease. White Willow Bark is available in capsules… bulk powder… extracts… and tinctures.

Green Tea - is recognized as a powerful antioxidant. Glutathione is a natural antioxidant enzyme found in your body and has proven positive results of inflammation reduction and the breakdown of cartilage. Green Tea has been known to enhance the performance of glutathione which ease symptoms for arthritis sufferers.

Bromelain – is an extract of pineapples and consists of enzymes found in the stems and juice of the fruit. Bromelain aids digestion of protein and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory agent for arthritis. It’s useful for gas, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome as well. Bromelain is available as tablets or capsules. The potency of bromelain is measured in GDU (gelatin digesting units). A good potency level is 2000 – 2400 GDU.

Check your local Whole Foods grocery, Natural Grocers, or the internet to find natural ant-inflammatory supplements. Remember, high quality supplements produce better results.

Wishing you an enjoyable and pain free life!

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