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Medical practitioners around the world are becoming increasingly concerned about how inflammation can affect our bodies. Recent studies have identified a direct link between inflammation and several dangerous diseases like cancer, arthritis, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome and even joint pain. In essence, inflammation serves a very beneficial purpose since it is a self defence mechanism for our bodies but if left unchecked, it can also manifest itself as many different uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous ailments. In order to reduce inflammation and prevent these diseases, several supplements have been identified to stop or prevent the type of inflammation that will make us sick. These supplements may very well save your life so I think it imperative that you learn more about them.
These special fatty acid supplements have been around for years but little was done to show the direct effect they have on inflammation. Not only are these supplements designed to help our bodies absorb the beneficial components quickly, they also prevent inflammation by blocking the enzyme called cyclooxygenase, which has been known to trigger inflammation. Because this supplement is already quite popular, it should be easy to locate and will be affordable.
This supplement can be found in fruits with purple skin like blueberries and grapes. It is also contained in some wines and peanuts. Resveratrol is an antioxidant and its greatest benefit is that it prevents prolonged inflammation by keeping our cells healthy.
Evening Primrose is often recommended to help control the symptoms of menopause but it has also been linked to controlling inflammation. This supplement contains a special Omega 6 fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid, which is not found in most of our food and is thus lacking from our diets. Evening Primrose is readily available in most drug stores but will be a bit more costly than Omega 3 supplements.
This special supplement is rich in antioxidants which prevent the spread of cancer causing substances known as free radicals. Curcumin also promotes joint and cardiovascular health. We should however take special note of it because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is a component of the spice known as turmeric. We are however unable to fully absorb the nutrients found in turmeric when we consume it on its own. We can however improve how well we absorb this nutrient by taking it with piperine, a substance found in black pepper.
Quercetin is another beneficial supplement we need to consider including in our diet. It prevents the production of inflammation causing chemicals such as leukotrienes and prostaglandins. In fact, this supplement also prevents the production of histamine, which is directly linked to causing allergies.
Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene is found in bright orange fruits and vegetables, like carrots, mangoes and pumpkin. This nutrient is often taken as a supplement to improve our vision. Studies have however indicated that this nutrient also plays a very important role in preventing our immune systems from causing dangerous inflammation. In fact, it has already been proven that this nutrient can slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s, a disease directly linked to prolonged inflammation in our bodies.
This supplement is naturally produced by our bodies but very few of us have ever heard of it. It is essential because our bodies make use of it when breaking down the energy we receive from food into a form that our bodies can utilize efficiently. It also serves as an antioxidant and protects our cells from damage. In fact, it has been proven to help reduce the inflammation causes liver disease, insulin resistance and cancer.
The B Complex Vitamins
Individuals who complain of extreme lethargy are often encouraged to consume sufficient amounts of these nutrients each day. B vitamins are found in nuts and meat. The beauty of this nutrient is that it ensures our bodies break down our food into a form that provides the energy needed to fuel our organs. Vegetarians and vegans often take vitamins B12 supplements because this nutrient is only found in some types of meat.
Before you start taking any new supplements, it is always best to talk to your doctor. They will have greater insight into how these supplements may affect pre-existing conditions or whether the new supplement can have any harmful effect when combined with your current medication. In fact, large doses of certain vitamins or other supplements may have serious negative health implications. Taking too much of a supplement can occur if it is already included in some of the foods you normally eat. This should not however discourage you from making wise use of the supplements mentioned. Just remember, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.