I have my daily supplement of omega-3 fatty acids through krill oil for my heart health. I agree that turmeric is a very good anti-inflammatory especially for arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Inflammation ? pain, swelling, redness and heat ? is a double-edged sword. This immunity-mediated process is crucial when you have an injury. It helps your body fight infection and clear away damaged tissue. But inflammation can become a chronic condition if your body fails to shut off this reaction, or activates it when there is no apparent trigger.
Inflammation can last for years. It can target a particular area ? like your skin, sinuses, prostate, bladder or gums. (Any diagnosis that ends with ?-itis? is an inflammatory condition.) Inflammation can become a body-wide condition, and has be identified as the underlying cause of many diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and neurological degeneration, including Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s diseases. Inflammation is a big threat. That?s why it?s so important to get it under control.
A diet focused on vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains can reduce inflammation. Nutritional supplements also help, and unlike drugs, they work without causing stomach ulcers. There are plenty of natural inflammation-fighters.
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease the body?s production of a long list of pro-inflammatory biochemicals, including the same ones targeted by most NSAIDs ? cyclooxygenase (COX 1 and 2). It also helps to reduce levels of inflammatory interleukins, specifically interleukin-1, a marker of chronic inflammation. In studies, people with rheumatoid arthritis who took fish oil were able to reduce their dosage of anti-inflammatory drugs. They also reported less pain and stiffness.
Fish oil has a synergistic effect with aspirin on inhibiting synthesis of thromboxane A2 and the highly inflammatory leukotriene B4. It?s reported to help asthma, cystitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, prostatitis and dermatitis.
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Yes, I agree, going on an anti-inflammatory diet is a good move for your condition. For starters, spinach and broccoli are veggies you should include in your diet, along with fruits such as blueberries, cherries and strawberries. I agree with the recommendation of spices as well as Omega-3 supplements. Also, eat a protein rich breakfast, get in some daily exercise, manage your stress, and try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.I suffer form serious arthritic issues, and last year decided to try green tea and turmeric supplements, after a few weeks my arthritis settled down about 20%-30%. Since then the effects have been wearing off, but I did get a few months of benefit.
However I am not taking the full dailly recommened amount so I will up the does from the start of March and see how I go.
Have you heard of Heal-n-Soothe? It's a supplement containing proteolytic enzymes that help combat inflammation. You may want to check it out.
@xtian there is some existing thought which says that there is a co relation between fish oil/ omega 3'a and prostrate cancer? Hence my doctor says to stay away from fish oil..
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I have inflammation throughout my body. I don't currently take fish oil or krill supplements, but they're something I'm planning to look into. I've never heard of heal-n-soothe, so thank you for mentioning that @G-Hiros. @Terryse do you put the virgin coconut oil in the cup with the tea? I don't currently have any ginger tea, do you buy it or make your own? That's another thing I'd consider. I've been meaning to purchase some coconut oil anyway, for one of my cats who has skin issues.
It's funny that the things most mentioned to help with inflammation seem to exacerbate my inflammation. I have a reaction whenever I ingest more acidic foods than usual, they seem to increase my inflammation.
I agree with others - turmeric, green tea, etc. will help reduce inflammation. But if you have a poor diet and eat foods that cause inflammation, the supplements will not solve the problem! Reducing or eliminating sugar, flour, and vegetable oils will certainly help reduce inflammation and increase your overall health.
I also use Omega 3, only that my source at the moment for it is Flax Oil. I don't know what to say about it's anti-inflammatory function, probably it works great for me too without realizing it. Also I've took big loads of vitamin c in the past which worked for inflammation, and I drink a green tea every morning (sometimes coffee) that also helps with your inflammations as it's full of anti-oxidants.