Supplements can be very helpful in dealing with chronic inflammation, which can occur for many different reasons (or sometimes, it seems, no reason at all). Below are some of the supplements that can help reduce chronic inflammation.
Curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, has been well studied for its anti-inflammatory effects. Recommendations for dosage vary a great deal- some recommend up to 700mg per day! This might be a bit excessive for some people, though. The dosage depends on your body and the other medications and supplements you take. For instance, curcumin is known to thin the blood somewhat, so people expecting to have surgery or major dental work in the near future may not want to take it. It is a real anti-inflammatory superstar and a great supplement to take- just make sure it is right for you first.
Ginger is a bit like curcumin. Both come from rhizomes, the twisted-looking roots of a plant. Both have fabulous anti-inflammatory properties. Both can cause blood thinning. But ginger is much more familiar to most of us. It is also easy to obtain. Fresh ginger can be made into a tea. Or you can take ginger supplements.
Stephania is a good anti-inflammatory for those with neurological problems. It would be a good choice for those suffering from Lyme disease. One suggested dose was 400 to 700mg, taken in 2 or 3 doses over the course of the day.
Astaxanthin seems to be the new darling of the supplement world (move over, curcumin). It is a powerful antioxidant extracted from algae and phytoplankton. It is Generally Recommended as Safe by the FDA. One of its more interesting properties is that it acts as both a fat soluable AND water soluable antioxidant. It also provides lots of healthy carotenoids.
Green tea (and related extracts/supplements L-Theanine and EGCg) are excellent antioxidants that provide many health benefits, including strong anti-inflammatory properties. They also help fight the effects of Advanced Glycation End Products. Green tea offers support for the immune system and for joints. It could even help you lose a few pounds.
Noni is a fruit native to India that has long been used as a cure for many maladies. It is a strong antioxidant and has been shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory.
Devil’s Claw is an herbal anti-inflammatory that can help with chronic pain due to inflammation. It should not be used by people with diabetes or other blood sugar issues. One recommended dosage is 500 to 1000mg taken 2 to 3 times per day.
White Willow Bark
White willow bark has long been used as an anti-inflammatory. In fact, it is the basis for the over-the-counter pain reliever aspirin. It does not, however, cause the same bleeding issues that aspirin does. For pain and inflammation, take 500 to 1000mg, 2 to 3 times a day.
Boswellia extract is the resin from the Boswellia serrata tree, which is also known as frankincense. It has been used since biblical times as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
Enteric-Coated Proteolytic Enzymes
Proteolytic enzymes, such as papain, bromelain, pancreatin, rutin, trypsin and chymotrypsin, are potent anti-inflammatories with multiple mechanisms of action, including reducing swelling and thinning the blood. They are a good choice if you could also use their immune supporting properties.
Maitake is a Japanese mushroom known for its anti-inflammatory and immune strengthening effects. It can also help if you have high blood pressure or high blood sugar. It has been well studied for its health effects, including preventing cancer and fighting viral infections. You can find Maitake mushrooms in some supermarkets or as encapsuled supplements (which are probably easier to take on a regular basis).
Aloe is best known for healing skin wounds and burns, but it is also great as a general anti-inflammatory and immune system modulator. In fact, it has been studied for treating leukemia and HIV. (The FDA actually approved concentrated aloe for the treatment of HIV, as it stimulates white blood cell production.)
Walnut oil makes a great anti-inflammatory. For best results, don’t heat it. Usually people eat walnut oil with food to benefit from it, but it might be possible to use it topically as well.
Cod Liver Oil
Most of us are cringing at the idea of cod liver oil, especially if your mom or grandma ever made you swallow it as a liquid. Don’t worry! You can take cod liver oil in capsule form. It’s been known for its beneficial health effects for a long time, one of which is that it is a good anti-inflammatory. As of late, however, some experts are raising questions about its safety and effectiveness. Since there are good arguments on both sides of this fence, I think it’s best for people to do their own research and make their own decision as to who they believe is correct.