Natural Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Medications
Did you know we can get increased inflammation in the body at a cellular level?
This is known as chronic inflammation or systemic inflammation. It’s most commonly thought of as arthritis, and while that is a condition associated with inflammation, there are many others such as to as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, depression, dementia, and even cancer.
Other common inflammatory conditions include muscular and joint aches and pains, general physical discomfort, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other common ‘itis’ problems we hear of. If a word has ‘itis’ attached to it, which stands for inflammation.
In any case, controlling the amount of inflammation in the body is one of the keys to preventing disease and just feeling plain lousy, and none of us want to feel that way, right?
Thankfully there are many ways we can control it.
The best way is through eating a healthy whole foods anti-inflammatory diet but natural anti-inflammatory supplements can provide some great additional benefits.
Supplements help assist the body to reduce inflammation and often provide fast effective relief so we can get on the right track and keep moving forward. Some of Dr. Amauri’s favorites natural anti-inflammatory supplements are:
Boswellia, also known as Indian Frankincense, is an herbal extract taken from the Boswellia serrata tree.
Resin made from boswellia extract has been used for centuries as a natural medicine to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses, as well as a number of other health conditions.
Studies show that boswellia may reduce inflammation and may be useful in treating a number of other pain conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Turmeric, the bright yellow spice from which it’s derived, has been used for centuries as both a medicine. Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric, a plant related to ginger.
Studies repeatedly show that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory abilities work as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Not only is curcumin effective, but it also comes without the worrisome side effects experienced by more than half of those who take pharmaceutical painkillers.
WHITE WILLOW BARK
White Willow Bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the chemical salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for these effects. However, studies show several other components of willow bark, including plant chemicals called polyphenols and flavonoids, have antioxidant, fever-reducing, antiseptic, and immune-boosting properties. Some studies show willow is as effective as aspirin for reducing pain and inflammation, and at a much lower dose.