Three Powerful Herbs to Help Battle Inflammation
There are numerous anti-inflammatory herbs available, the three we have selected are well researched and adept in decreasing inflammation in the body.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – Turmeric accounts for the yellow colour of curry and American mustard and has a distinctive sharp flavour. Tumeric is recommended for inflammatory disorders, including arthritis, tendonitis, and autoimmune conditions. A recommended dose of 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric extracts (curcuminoids) two dosages per day is average for maintenance. Look for products standardized for 95% curcuminoids.
Ginger – Powdered dry ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level and in one study reduced osteoarthritis knee pain 40% over placebo. A recommended dosage of 100-200mg a day opt for 95% gingerol.
Boswellia: This is the extract of the herb Boswellia, used in Ayurvedic medicine. Boswellia trials have shown significant promise in terms of osteoarthritis relief. Another study has shown in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Boswellia is the first natural compound in a repair regime. In patients with Crohns Disease, Boswellia has been compared to 5-ASA (mesalazine) and was found to statistically be just as effective.
In addition to herbs, you can also take dietary steps to reduce inflammation. The specific fats in your diet affect the way the body makes prostaglandins, a group of hormones that regulate inflammation. Some prostaglandins intensify the inflammatory response while others reduce it. To help your body reduce inflammation eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods that contain trans-fatty acids (read food labels to check for the presence of these oils). Instead, use coconut oils, extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat and increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily, cold-water fish, flaxseeds or oil, and walnuts.