Supplements for Inflammation

Are you suffering from an inflammatory condition? Inflammation is a normal immune response to injury or infection in the body. Redness, swelling, pain, heat, and loss of function are five classic symptoms of inflammation. This is your body’s way of protecting the area in order to heal and repair the cells and tissues. The inflammatory response is designed to be acute and typically resolves itself, however, problems occur when the immune system fails to ‘switch’ itself off and inflammation persists long-term.

Certain diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors can contribute to persistent, low-grade inflammation in the body. Over time this can lead to tissue damage and the development of chronic health conditions. Symptoms of chronic inflammation may include fatigue, digestive problems, weight gain, skin issues, muscle aches, joint pain, and headaches.

Key Foods for Inflammation

There are a wide range of foods, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss, stress reduction, quitting smoking and improving sleep quality, that can help to reduce inflammation. In particular, the Mediterranean-style diet has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects, whereas a typical western diet consisting of high fat, high sugar and highly processed foods is associated with a pro-inflammatory state.

  • Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant plant compounds which help to protect cells against damage and inflammation. They’re also a great source of fibre that supports a healthy gut microbiome which is associated with reduced inflammation. Aim for 2 fruits and 5 vegetables each day (including frozen).
  • Herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, clove, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, mint, sage and basil are easy to find and contain high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Nuts and oils can help to lower inflammatory markers when consumed regularly. Choose unsalted walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews and hemp seed and flaxseed oils.
  • Wholegrains and legumes provide fibre and plant polyphenols for a healthy gut microbiome. Include brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat, buckwheat, millet, unsalted and unsweetened popcorn, oats, chickpeas, beans and lentils.

Which Supplements Can Support Inflammation?

  1. Probiotics
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids
  4. Olive Leaf Extract

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Inflammation

  • If possible, choose an organic olive leaf extract to avoid added chemicals, either in capsule or tincture form. Olive leaf extract may interact with blood pressure and diabetic medications, and cancer treatments.
  • Probiotics containing bifidobacter have been associated with reduced inflammation.
  • Vitamin D3 is the more bioavailable form of vitamin D. Be sure to get your levels tested to ensure you can supplement according to your needs.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Inflammation

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