Control Inflammation using Natural Therapies

Age related illnesses, Inflammation | August 8, 2016 | Author: Naturopath

Alternative Therapies, Inflammation, age related

Control Inflammation using Natural Therapies

Inflammation  has become a popular topic due to its contribution to many health problems. We know that inflammation is a healthy reaction to some injury or disease in the body, considered a normal immune response, but unfortunately the inflammatory reaction can soon go too far and get out of control.

Why do you get a fever, or throb, get red and swollen when  injured - thank inflammation!

Joint pain, headaches or even symptoms of serious autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus - Also inflammation! 

Now don't get this wrong, there are lots of ways inflammation helps, - it lets us know there is a problem and to slow down and allow recovery and resolution. Unfortunately the inflammatory process can go too far, the problem never resolves and the pain and discomfort continues indefinitely. We've also discovered new disorders where the inflammation has becomes a runaway train. There comes a time where we need to pull the inflammatory mediators back in line and we can support this with some proven natural therapies.

Curcumin

I hope you’ve heard of curcumin, the active anti-inflammatory ingredient of turmeric root, because it is amazing. Curcumin has a long list of great qualities from anti-cancer to liver support and more, but its greatest claim to fame is the anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a nutrient that’s been used for thousands of years for inflammation (and many other conditions) - and the good news is there are plenty of studies to show how well it actually works!

shutterstock_368593205Benefits of curcumin

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-cancer
  • Liver protective
  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Wound healing
  • Detoxification support
  • Digestive support

Curcumin has been studied to help in a number of different situations.

  • Exercise recovery
  • Reduced inflammation and pain in autoimmune conditions
  •  Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-surgical inflammation
  • Numerous cancers

Curcumin is not well absorbed on its own so manufactured forms have been made to  improve absorption. This is done by different means such as reducing the particle size, making it water soluble or  adding black pepper. Caution: is advised  if suffering from gall bladder stones or obstruction as curcumin stimulates gall bladder contraction. Curcumin can heal a digestive ulcer, but being a spice, it may feel uncomfortable - consume around food. Very mild concerns over blood thinning effects, anyone on blood thinners should consult a doctor before use. Doses typically range from 80 - 4000 mg plus depending on needs.

Omega-3’s (EPA/DHA)

Another hero natural product anytime anywhere inflammation is a concern. The Omega-3’s are most well-known for cardiovascular benefits, arthritis and brain function support. The benefits  of Omega-3 help address all  inflammatory conditions anywhere in the body at the same time. Since every cell in our body is made up of fats and also use them to create energy, it make sense that taking Omega-3’s help protect cells, promote energy production and has a positive function toward  improving cardiovascular health.

shutterstock_199859828Benefits of Omega-3

Anti-inflammatory

Lowers triglycerides

Lowers blood pressure

Improve depression

Increase metabolic rate to lose weight

Improve exercise recovery

Omega-3’s manage to control inflammation, support cellular repair, decrease discomfort and reduce inflammatory biomarkers. 

Cautions: The usual source of omega-3 is from fish, which may potentially be contaminated with mercury, PCBs and other fat soluble toxins, so high quality supplementation is suggested. Typical dosage can range from 500 mg to 4000 mg fish oil per day and higher depending on need.

Celery Seed

Apium graveolens - (Celery) seed has been used traditionally for treating inflammation and painful conditions for a millennium. Recent research has proven its use with the following conditions.(2)

  • pre existing inflammation
  • gastric irritation after NSAIDs use (can combine therapy) to reduce inflammation
  • any painful conditions
  • inflammation in arthritis

Ginger

This herbal root is one you will find in your kitchen often, and even more once you hear all the great benefits. Ginger is another traditional medicine with thousands of years of history in health, showing it doesn’t just taste great but it can help you feel great.shutterstock_409943593

Benefits of ginger

  • Reduce inflammation and markers like CRP
  • Reduce triglycerides and total cholesterol
  • Reduce inflammation in diabetes by lowering fasting blood sugar
  • Improving insulin sensitivity
  • Works as well as ibuprofen in reducing pain symptoms in osteoarthritis
  • Digestive benefits
  • Circulatory and cardiovascular benefits

Caution when using ginger if taking blood thinning medication.(3)

NAC

Since we're talking about inflammation we have to mention some of the best support for the most powerful antioxidant our body produces, glutathione. Glutathione is the antioxidant responsible for most all detoxification and protection from inflammatory chemicals, heavy metals, bacterial toxins and more. To increase glutathione levels (and our inflammation fighting potential) the best nutrient is N-acetyl cysteine – an easy to find amino acid present in cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, cabbage and a number of other foods.

shutterstock_92432269Benefits of NAC

Reduces inflammation body wide by reducing homocysteine Improve exercise performance Improve post-exercise recovery Increase glutathione in blood and brain in diseases like Parkinson's disease Reduces lung inflammation in COPD Breaks up nasal and lung congestion Antidote for Tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose See your Naturopath or Doctor to obtain this product as a supplement (4)

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a classic and well known immune booster, though most people don't give it credit for being our most accessible antioxidant to combat inflammation. It's an oldie, but a goody and there are many forms of Vitamin C available today. They all have benefits – but the most common (and well-studied) is ascorbic acid which has proven benefits in dropping inflammation in the cardiovascular system, diabetes, and more.(5)shutterstock_200078330

Benefits of Vitamin C  

  • Improves immune function
  • Reduces inflammation related to allergies and asthma
  • Reduce inflammatory markers like CRP
  • Reduce fasting blood sugar in diabetics
  • Reduce triglycerides in diabetes
  • much more

The most powerful therapies of diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can be supported and taken to the next level with the nutrients and herbs mentioned above. In most situations these are safe nutrients that can reduce inflammation because in normal situations inflammation is a great function that protects and helps us heal but too much is literally painful.

Reference


(1)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15116757 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3546166 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27051592 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26340264 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1943180  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21742514 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26799942 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3546166  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26679702 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26817716 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27390600 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27401816 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27402192 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26679702 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19691834 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26340264 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17368277 


(2)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26462366


3)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24490949   http://ams.ac.ir/AIM/NEWPUB/13/16/8/AIM/0584/006.htm


(4)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26447155     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24576857 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23860343       http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24293993

(5)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24293993         http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26170625    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9795745 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15498043http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15498043    

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