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The best natural anti-inflammatories

The top 5 Best Natural Anti-infammatories

After I was diagnosed with Arthritis last February, I did a lot of research on natural anti-inflammatories. Inflammation of any kind can be extremely painful and if you’re like me and don’t like taking tablets, then here are some natural remedies that helped me. I also took MSM Organic Sulphur which was amazing.

The things I have listed below can help with any inflammation – not just arthritis. Inflammation is inflammation.

I have posted links to all the scientific studies below if anyone wants to read them.

Turmeric / Curcumin 

Turmeric contains several anti inflammatory compounds. Some of these compounds include six different COX 2 inhibitors. COX 2 is an enzyme produced by the body. When COX 2 is produced in excess amounts, it may trigger pain, soreness and swelling in your body parts. However, the COX 2 inhibitors play an important role in inhibiting excess production of these enzymes.

Curcumin (turmeric) is already well known in medicine for its tremendous potential for health improvements like anti-inflammatory properties, shows promise as an antifungal for Candida as well as many other fungal infections.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, contains a mixture of powerful phytonutrients known as Curcuminoids. Curcuminoids have antioxidant properties, meaning they fight the damaging effects of free radical molecules in the body and may have significant anti-inflammatory effects used by ancient Greeks, and widely recommended in Ayurvedic medicine.

New study shows Alzheimer’s benefits from Longvida curcumin.


Garlic has shown in studies to have a decent amount of anti-inflammatory compounds that aids in reducing symptoms for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The compounds present in garlic inhibits prostaglandins and thromboxanes that are responsible for the inflammatory response.

A component called quercetin that is abundance in onions and garlic is a good antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation.

The sulfur compounds in garlic have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting the activity of inflammatory enzymes. Along with vitamin C this can make garlic a protection against the pain associated with arthritis and asthma attacks.

Garlic is rich in many other nutrients that will strengthen your immune system.

Cats Claw

Recent scientific studies have shown what the indigenous people of the Andes have known for generations: that cat’s claw is extremely effective for strengthening the immune system, reducing various forms of inflammation and cleansing/revitalising the intestinal tract.

It is anti inflammatory in nature, having shown to have a number of naturally occurring plant sterols that closely resemble anti inflammatory steroids. Clinical studies have shown that the swelling could be decreased by nearly 50 percent when you make use of this.

The addition of Cat’s Claw extract dramatically increases the natural pain relief properties of Glucosamine.

Cat’s claw’s properties are alkaloids glycoside, proanthocyanidin and beta sitosterol. Sufferers of rheumatism, arthritis, gout and just about any other inflammatory problem would benefit significantly from cat’s claw.

Cruciferous VegetablesBroccoli, brussel sprout, kale and cauliflower are all loaded with antioxidants. Naturally detoxifying, they can help rid the body of possible harmful compounds. All vegetables are good for your body but dark leafy vegetables are the best anti inflammatory foods.

Studies conducted by medical experts suggest that vitamin E helps in protecting your body from pro-inflammatory molecules such as Cytokines.

Leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are one of the best foods that are inflammatory as these are loaded with anti-oxidants, omega- 3 acids and fibre.

Shop organic and locally grown where possible.

Green Tea:

Green tea is powerful antioxidant.

The unfermented green tea has flavonoids that are known as catechins. The catechins are the powerful antioxidants that are destroyed when it is fermented and processed. The green tea has around 27% of catechins. It helps in reducing the severity of arthritis.

Most of these benefits are accrued from powerful antioxidants popularly known as catechins which are known for scavenging the cells for the presence of free radicals that might damage DNA and hence cause complications such as blood clots, cancer and blocked arteries

 It has already been shown to prevent flu, Increases Metabolism, improve heart health, and fight obesity several long-term studies in China and Japan that showed that treatment with green tea catechins reduced body fat and body weight.


Turmeric / Curcumin and Ginger

– Curcumin Inhibits Gastric Inflammation Induced by Helicobacter Pylori Infection Santos AM, Lopes T, Oleastro M, Gato IV, Floch P, Benejat L, Chaves P, Pereira T, Seixas E, Machado J, Guerreiro AS.

MSI Funded Paper: Potential Health Benefits of Ginger – http://www.mccormickscienceinstitute.com/Report-Landing/MSI-Funded-Paper-Potential-Health-Benefits-of-Ginger.aspx Singletary, K

Cats Claw

Cats Claw Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities of cat’s claw – Sandoval M1, Okuhama NN, Zhang XJ, Condezo LA, Lao J, Angeles’ FM, Musah RA, Bobrowski P, Miller MJhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12120814


Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables: Anti-inflammatory Activity http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/isothio/

Green Tea

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3. Dulloo AG, Duret C, Rohrer D, Girardier L, Mensi N, Fathi M, Chantre P, Vandermander J. “Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Dec;70(6):1040-5.

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