Natural Anti-Inflammatories

Natural Anti-inflammatories

Inflammation has a well established role in all illnesses and diseases. Most people suffer the painful consequences to some extent at some time or other.
It is becoming increasingly documented that pharmaceutical treatments have many adverse side-effects and don’t address any of the issues concerning the causes of the inflammation, or helping the body cope with the inflammatory response.
There are many natural remedies that, whilst taken sensibly and on the advice of a health practitioner, can help to reduce inflammation and thus the pain associated with it, and with fewer adverse reactions in the body.
A few are mentioned below.

This is an enzyme, originally discovered in the intestine of silkworms, that has been shown to be an extremely powerful proteolytic enzyme. In studies it has been shown to digest and break down inflammatory cells, blood clots, fibrous tissue, cysts and any other non living tissue, leaving body tissues to function normally.
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Omega 3’s
Essential fatty acids and their role in inflammation is often a confusing subject. Whilst inflammation plays a vital role in our bodies defense system, the key is to maintain a balance between the omega 6’s, (which play a necessary role in the production of inflammation), and omega 3’s that have an anti-inflammatory function.
If there is an excess of dietary omega 6’s, (found in vegetable oils and added to many processed and packaged foods), and a lack of antioxidants,(such as vitamin E) and omega 3’s, (found in fish oils and leafy green vegetables), then the result can lead to chronic inflammation having free reign throughout the body.
As always, the key concept is one of balance.
Just to further confuse the issue, olive oil, that may be used to replace the use of vegetable oils, is high in yet another omega, omega 9! Omega 9 has also got anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
GLA’s, found in evening primrose oil, hemp seed and borage oils, although omega 6’s, do not have the same properties, and help to inhibit inflammation.

Curcumin is the substance that gives turmeric it’s bright orange colour. It is in fact a member of the ginger family. Like ginger it has been recognised for hundreds of years, especially in Ayurvedic medicine, as a natural anti-inflammatory and detox aid.
Modern research has focused not only it’s action in the inhibition of the pre-inflammatory enzymes, but also in it’s potential role in the inhibition of unwanted bacteria and viruses.
Curcumin, however, should not be taken by those on blood thinning medication or with bile duct problems. It should also not be taken by those who are pregnant.

As with all supplementations, a healthcare practitioner should always be consulted prior to use.