Supplements to reduce inflammation – by Dr Scott Walton, DC

Chiropractic care is focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neuromusculoskelatal conditions.  Many conditions within the body are caused by excess inflammation within the body. While inflammation is part of the bodies’ natural healing response, excess inflammation can be considered the primary cause and source of many painful common conditions.

Conditions that are chronic inflammation based include: Cancer, Arthritis, Hay Fever, atherosclerosis (a heart condition), diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), are commonly kept in our cupboards as a pain reliever. As the name suggests is works to fight pain caused by inflammation, which is why they are one of the most commonly used drugs worldwide.

Chiropractors use holistic and natural therapy to improve health and wellbeing. This means we typically do not promote the use of drugs when treating pain, this includes pain caused by inflammation.

Instead of reaching for the Ibuprofen, natural supplements and dietary intake should be considered to help reduce, and prevent the effects of chronic inflammation.

Below are some proven supplements to reduce and prevent chronic inflammation:

1) Curcumin

Found naturally in the spice Tumeric. Curcumin has been proven to decrease inflammation from diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis. For extra absorption within our diet curcumin should be consumed with black pepper (pepperine), because it is poorly absorbed on its own.

2) Fish Oil

Fish Oils are packed full of essential fatty-acids such as Omega 3 and 6. The most essential of the oils are DHA and EPA. Studies show that fish oil consumers can see up to a 32% reduction in inflammatory markers within the body.

Best sources of fish oils are of course fish, which should be a staple in a healthy diet. Salmon being one of the best sources. A high-quality supplement has also shown positive effects if you’re not a fish lover.

3) Ginger

Ginger root, usually ground, has been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with diabetes, colitis (bowel inflammation), and breast cancer. Studies also indicate that ginger can reduce muscle soreness and inflammation post exercise.

4) Resveratrol

Found in the skin of purple grapes and blueberries. Resveratrol has been proven to reduce inflammation caused by heart disease, ulcerative colitis, and insulin resistance. It is also found in red wine as it’s made from grapes. You know how people say red wine is good for you? Well this would suggest it is in fact good for you, however benefits of red wine for inflammation are only found by consuming one glass of red wine per day.

5) Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. This product can boost immune system response, reduces inflammation and promotes healthy aging.

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By: Dr. Scott Walton (BSc. DC) Chiropractor, Wellspring Chiropractic at North Lakes, Brisbane.