Reducing and Balancing Inflammation with Supplements by Deon Hall Garriques
Inflammation is not all bad if the body has a healthy balance. In younger individuals, the body’s immune system creates an inflammatory response to help us heal or fight off viruses or bacteria that can cause us to become ill. Once the job is done, the inflammation subsides until the next time it is needed. However, as we age, our immune system’s ability to balance inflammatory responses in the body decreases. Therefore, our immune system triggers inflammatory responses all the time, instead of only when needed. This reduces the effectiveness of the immune system in fighting off diseases.
This problem is further exacerbated by certain lifestyle habits such as your diet. Many of the foods that are common in today’s diet are highly inflammatory. Certain supplements can be effective in helping to reduce and balance inflammation in the body.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
According to a study published in the Current Drug Delivery, omega-3 fatty acids encourage soothing of the prostaglandins (lipid compounds) and reduce the production of inflammation. Another study found that women with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 82% more likely to develop endometriosis.
There are two types of fatty acids, DHA and EPA. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:
· Cold-water fish and shellfish
· Plant and nut oils
· English walnuts
· Algae oils
Omega-3 supplements are also a good source. Take high-quality fish oils daily to increase your omega-3 and reduce symptoms related to hormonal imbalances.
Curcumin is derived from the root of the curcuma longa plant and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. It has been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Curcumin is the main compound in turmeric and has long been shown by multiple studies to reduce oxidative stress, pain and inflammation because of its healing properties.
Studies have shown that curcumin significantly reduces endometriosis symptoms. A study at the University of North Texas Health Science Center found that curcumin is effective in reducing inflammation in the brain and therefore slows cognitive decline. Other studies have shown that curcumin can help protect the body from developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other age-related conditions
Note that not all curcumin supplements are created equally and not all are readily absorbable by the body. Ask the nutritionist at your local health food store which ones are easily absorbed before purchasing.
Bacteria in the gut are vital for balancing inflammation in the body. However, if there is a lack of diversity in the microbiome, especially as you age, this can increase the amount of inflammation in the body creating imbalances. Probiotics can help to support balanced microbiomes and healthy inflammatory responses in the body.
Not all probiotics are created equally, so find a high-quality probiotic that contains at least 20 billion live, active colony-forming units (CFUs)-the number of viable microorganisms in a probiotic supplement).
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DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and a broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing the dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
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