Inflammation is our body’s natural response to infection and injury. It means that our immune system is protecting us by sending cells to fix the problem. The process often involves warmth, swelling, and redness. Once the problem is resolved, the inflammation disappears. However, chronic inflammation is like an ongoing state of emergency and can lead to long term damage to the heart, brain, and other organs as well as conditions like arthritis.
Some of the common signs of chronic inflammation include constant fatigue and insomnia; depression, anxiety, and mood disorder; constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux; weight gain; frequent infections. That’s why it’s important to get control of chronic inflammation. However using anti-inflammatory drugs—whether prescribed or OTC—are not safe long term, leading to potential damage to organs and blood vessels.
This article describes 8 natural supplements and herbs that reduce chronic inflammation. The list includes omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, zinc, cat’s claw and more. I do recommend consulting with a doctor prior to trying the recommended supplements.
While not in the article, dietary improvements can also make a big difference. Foods that cause inflammation include sugar of all kinds, processed meats, and processed grains (pasta, pastries, white bread, breakfast cereals, snacks, sodas, etc.). Anti-inflammatory foods include green leafy vegetables, fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines, nuts like almonds and walnuts, fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.
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