Short-term inflammation can help our bodies fight infections, but long-term, chronic inflammation is linked to Alzheimer’s, cancers, type 2 diabetes and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis. Chronic inflammation symptoms include joint pain, swelling and stiffness, fatigue and headaches. How do you get out of Inflammation Station to improve long-term health?
Fight inflammation with fish oil
Back, neck and joint pain have many causes, but inflammation can be an underlying factor. Clinical trials show that Omega-3 essential fatty acids can address inflammation and associated pain. A daily fish oil supplement containing at least 1 gram of EPA+DHA is a safe alternative to NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors, with no significant side effects. Ask your Bronston healthcare provider what’s right for you.
Curcumin, the natural compound found in turmeric, is another natural remedy that enhances the body’s ability to overcome inflammation and pain. Turmeric can be taken as a supplement or as a hot tea. As an alternative to cortisone or steroids, many patients find relief from a supplement called Curamin, which combines curcumin and herbal boswellia. Ask us for details.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
Some powerful tools for fighting chronic inflammation can be found at your grocery store. Load up on tomatoes, olive oil, leafy greens, nuts, fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna & sardines) and fruits (strawberries, blueberries, cherries & oranges). Avoid white bread and pastries, fried foods, sugar-sweetened soda, red and processed meat plus margarine.