Inflammation can occur in case of illness, stress, response to trauma, and,therefore, unhealthy lifestyle and diet.
Anti-inflammatory foods can help, but supplements can be useful as well.
Here's the top 5 supplements showed to reduce inflammation in studies.
1. Curcumin Turmeric
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties.
These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day
2. Fish Oil
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital to good health.
A decrease in inflammation can ameliorate diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other conditions.
There are two types of omega-3 that are beneficial: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
DHA, in particular, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects that reduce cytokine levels and promote gut health.
Ginger root is commonly ground into powder and added to sweet and savory dishes.
It's also commonly used to treat indigestion and nausea, including morning sickness.
RSV (Resveratrol) is a micronutrient in grapes, berries, peanuts and pines. 70% of RSV is absorbed and it is rapidly metabolised in the intestine and liver. RSV levels in the body depend on age.
RSV has preventive effects on different diseases such as:
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons
- Cardiovascular disease
- Anti-inflammatory activities
- Anti-oxidant activities
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae with strong antioxidant effects.
Studies have shown that it reduces inflammation, leads to healthier aging and may strengthen the immune system.