Inflammation is the natural reaction to any injury or infection that causes the affected tissues to swell, redden, become warm and painful. Factors triggering inflammation include drug overuse, environmental toxins, free radical damage, infections, injury, trauma, and bacterial, fungal, or viral infection.
Inflammation is actually a part of our body’s immune response. However, when it gets out of control, it results in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc., which can damage the body.
10 ‘Anti-Inflammatory' Natural Remedies
Here are some ‘anti-inflammatory’ home remedies that have shown promising results:
1. Turmeric – commonly called the queen of spices, the bright yellow turmeric is an ally for people with inflammation. The Curcumin present in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which is beneficial in conditions such as arthritis, muscle sprains and other injuries. Including it in your cooking – curries and side-dishes – or adding it to a glass of hot milk every day is how you can include it in your daily diet. You can also sip turmeric tea every morning. Bring water to boil and add on teaspoon of turmeric and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and add honey or lemon to taste. Adding ginger provides an additional natural anti-inflammatory. It also lowers two types of enzymes known to cause inflammation.
2. Fish Oil – This dietary supplement is high in omega-3 fatty acids which blocks inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins. Omega-3s reduce the inflammatory process that leads to many chronic conditions. A few studies have shown that consumption of fish oil helps reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, including joint pain and morning stiffness. It was studied that people with RA who consume fish oil supplements might be able to lower their dose of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
3. Green Tea – made from unfermented leaves contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called catechin polyphenols. Antioxidants are basically substances that fight free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that damage DNA and cause changes in the cell. Its mild anti-inflammatory effects can help those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. The recommended dosage per day is 2 to 3 cups of green tea for a total of 240 to 320 mg polyphenols. It also helps boost the immune system.
4. Willow Bark – used in Chinese medicine due to its anti-inflammatory and pain management properties, is a good natural remedy to treat Osteoarthritis. An ingredient called Salicin present in willow bark is processed by the body and converted into salicylic acid, which is the chemical precursor to aspirin.
Salicylic acid reduces the production of certain hormone-like substances that control the immune system and fight joint inflammation in the nerves. This is how it eases pain and discomfort. It’s available over the counter in the form of tablets.
5. Vitamin D – is called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ as we can get it directly from the sun. Vitamin D is also found in fish, liver, beef, egg yolks and fortified foods. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Taking its supplements may help reduce inflammation in people with these conditions. In treating Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Vitamin D may help the immune system in reducing levels of inflammatory proteins that get overproduced. Having high Vitamin D levels can in a way help to manage IBD symptoms.
6. Capsaicin – Found in bell peppers this component has anti inflammatory properties. It is an ingredient in many topical skin preparations used for pain management. It is available over the counter as a cream, ointment, gel, liquid, or lotion. It is a potent inhibitor of substance P which is a neuropeptide associated with the inflammatory processes.
7. Bromelain – this is an enzyme found in pineapple that has both anti-inflammatory and pain reduction properties. It also acts like a anti-swelling agent and is quite helpful in treating acute injuries that have an inflammatory component. It is claimed to decrease pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and to increase mobility.
Eating a pineapple or juicing its stem and drinking it on an empty stomach can provide some bromelain. You may like to add ginger or turmeric to the juice to make it a powerful anti-inflammatory pain relief remedy.
8. Ginger – it contains chemicals that may reduce inflammation and nausea. In a study conducted in a University of Miami it was found that a highly concentrated extract of ginger given to patients reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints of osteoarthritis patients by 40% over the placebo. Both gingerol and non-gingerol components in this spice make it a good natural remedy that may help prevent joint inflammation and damage.
You can add chopped fresh gingers to soups and other recipes or sprinkle it over a glass of fresh vegetable juices. It adds a tinge of flavor and also acts as a pain reliever.
9. Garlic – this pungent vegetable has been shown to work similarly to NSAID pain medications like ibuprofen that shut off the pathways that lead to inflammation. You can use fresh garlic in almost any spicy dish for its added flavor and health benefits. You might also want to roast a pod and eat directly every morning.
10. Pomegranate – this fruit is considered as one of the best ways to help with the pain associated with inflammation. Punicalagin, a polyphenol present in pomegranate can slow inflammation in specialized brain cells known as microglia. It is so helpful in being used as a natural arthritis relief because of its high antioxidant content. Free radicals trigger inflammation. By fighting free radicals, antioxidants fight disease. You can drink a glass or two of this juice daily or simply munch on those juicy red seeds.
There are dozens of conventional treatments for inflammatory infections that come with bothersome risks and side effects. So the good news for treating inflammation lies in these natural and proven solutions, which will help you safely sail through the pain and heal your body.