The Best Natural Herbs to Help
Reduce Inflammation in Your Body!
Inflammation – The Good Side and Dark Side!
Inflammation is a healthy immune response to injury, illness, or infection. Inflammation brings many things to help bring healing. When the healing is complete, inflammation should shut down!
However, when inflammation fires do not shut down, it can actually start destroying good cells in your joint linings, arteries, organs and other body parts! As inflammation slowly breaks down tissue, it can become a root cause of many diseases. It can do a lot of harm over years. People start to feel joint aches, muscle tenderness, swelling, etc., that people often put off to aging, thinking these diseases just “happen”.
It makes sense – and more doctors and researchers are agreeing – to extinguish excessive long-term inflammation. You can keep your joints flexible, ache-free and your organs in better overall health.
How to Cool Down Inflammation Quickly and Naturally
There are the standard generic recommendations:
1. Excessive drinking, sugar and processed food are like throwing gasoline on inflammatory fires. 2. Foods, like yogurt, fish and green leafy vegetables are considered "cooling" foods.
3. Reducing stress, getting sleep and exercise are also good.
4. Taking NSAIDs drugs (with all their considerable bad side effects)!
Or … Use What Nature has Provided for Us!
The lifestyle changes above are good but they can take considerable time to put in place. However, you can jump start the process by simply using what nature has already provided for us! There are many clinical studies (many on this site) identifying herbs and nutrients that have tremendous ability to lower inflammation!
Unfortunately, most inflammation supplements only contain a few “cooling” herbs. Larger blends usually have “window dressing” potencies that are little more than names on the label. So, we have made a list that contains a blend of herbs that have strong clinical support essential for genuine relief.
A blend of these herbs is the best natural source to shut down inflammation at its source! It is also much safer and kinder to your body than NSAID drugs – and faster than other natural pain and inflammation supplements!
Testimony: Inflammation – Lupus
“I have been in the throes of a MAJOR Lupus flare for 3 months now and this product gives me more relief than ANY of the prescription drugs I’ve taken! I couldn’t be more pleased. My secondary M.D. practices orthomolecular medicine, so I am quite familiar with the power of herbs, but I found this on my own and can hardly wait to tell him about it at my appt. in two weeks.” Anita Rose, KS
Link to more: Testimonies.
Is This a Cure?
No one can legitimately make a chronic inflammation ‘cure’ claim since no one is sure what causes it – other than a strong link to autoimmune diseases (which we don’t know the cause of either). Fortunately, we are able to help lower inflammation levels – and people are happy about that!
The Herbs: (that people have come to love)
(Link: Article and References Here.)
Turmeric – (curcumin) 375 mg, 18% extract
The curcumin in turmeric gives it the yellow color of curry and mustard. It is especially potent in acute inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties are similar to ibuprofen but it is much more effective than ibuprofen at treating autoimmune diseases – with none of the unpleasant side effects!
A 2007 study published in “Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology” found that natural curcumin inhibited some autoimmune disorders, slowing their progression. This is a great herb to help decrease pain and swelling associated with autoimmune disorders. It is even approved by Commission E in Germany (the German authority on evaluating herbal preparations).
Ginger Root Extract – 375 mg, 5% gingerols
Research has established ginger (and ginger tea) as an anti-inflammatory and pain reduction for arthritis, muscle inflammation, myalgias and rheumatism. It has been shown to be more effective than the typical NSAIDS such as aspirin.
One 2005 study even suggested that ginger could reduce pain and inflammation more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. A 1992 study conducted at Odense University in Denmark found a full 75 percent of the participants stated that they experienced “substantial relief” after supplementation. The active constituents in this regard are gingerols (oleo-resins), which inhibit the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase enzymes.
Boswellia – 337 mg, 65% boswellic acid
Boswellia (“frankincense” in the Bible) is a natural anti-inflammatory that is widely used to reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis. Its boswellic acids are great COX-2 inhibitors and are also effective against IBD digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative Colitis – without gastric upset.
N. Kimmatkar and colleagues published a study in 2003 in which Osteoarthritis patients also had reduced inflammation by increasing cells that suppress inflammation.
Bromelain – 300 mg, 2400 GDU/g
Bromelain is an extract of pineapples shown to be especially good for sinus and nasal inflammation and swelling after ear, nose and throat surgery. What’s more, the enzyme may promote healing in muscles and connective tissues. Bromelain is quite useful post-operatively as an agent to speed healing and reduce post-surgical pain and swelling.
Bromelain also has the proven ability to suppress the inflammation and pain of rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, sports injuries and other joint inflammatory conditions.
White Willow Bark Extract – 225 mg, 15% salicin
White Willow Bark (weeping willow) produces salicin, a substance which converts into salicylates. These block the formation of the well-known prostaglandins that trigger arthritis inflammation. White Willow also contains other phenolic glycosides that are known to possess anti-inflammatory properties. This herb was found to be as effective as conventional medicine in lessening pain among people with mild to fairly severe knee and hip problems and also alleviates acute back pain.
Additional Proprietary Blend - (a whopping: 662 mg)
Berberine – (Chinese Goldthread)
Berberine is found in several plants including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread and several others. We want its anti-inflammatory ability – especially with pulmonary inflammation, a characteristic of many lung diseases. Not only does berberine inhibit COX-2, but it works rapidly! This helps balance the excellent, but slower action of other herbs.
Black Pepper Fruit Extract (BioPerine®)
Black pepper helps make other nutrients more bio-available to our bodies. That is, it helps make nutrients more available and accessible to our system in a way that maximizes their efficiency. Black pepper also demonstrates impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effects as well as aiding in the body’s digestive process.
This is a remarkable newer discovery that is an essential part of an herbal blend giving the best inflammation relief! 68% of patients in an Australian study had reduced tenderness and improve flexibility. Some people said the compound helped eliminate their pain completely!
Celery seed is an abundant source of a compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (3-n-B), giving celery its characteristic flavor and odor. Research shows that 3-n-B can quickly reduce the destructive action of COX-1 and COX-2 – two of the biggest contributors to inflammation.
However, many people need more relief. Why? An elusive third inflammatory enzyme, 5-LOX, is unaffected by the usual COX-inhibiting remedies – except for the 3-n-B in celery seed. That adds celery seed to our other super herbs known to tame inflammation.
Green Tea Leaf – 95% extract
Did you also know green tea contains a whopping 51 poly nutrients that promote healthy inflammatory response? The most important being EGCG. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, it helps block the production of prostaglandins that trigger joint tenderness.
With green tea, we are also interested in glutathione – a natural antioxidant enzyme found in your body. It has had positive results in inflammation reduction and the breakdown of cartilage. Green Tea has been known to enhance the performance of glutathione which ease symptoms for arthritis sufferers.
Some are surprised we include quercetin. However, quercetin blocks the release of histamine and other anti-inflammatory enzymes. Histamine also masts cell degranulation, blocking support capillary integrity and inhibits phospholipase A2 and lipoxygenase enzymes. This inhibits pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes. These are some of the wonderful actions we are looking for.
Rosemary Extract – 6% rosemarinic acid
Rosemary is also approved by the German Commission E and is often used to treat muscle pain and arthritis. Studies show rosemary lowers cortisol levels and helps reduce anxiety (University of Maryland Medical Center).
Rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks. Some studies show rosmarinus officinalis to be active in healing diabetic wounds and the use of this herb in wound treatment.
How Much for How Long?
(Note:) The ideal course of action is to ask your doctor to give you an annual “hs-CRP” test. It is not too expensive (and many types of insurance cover it). The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined risk groups as follows:
Low risk: less than 1.0 mg/L Average risk: 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L High risk: above 3.0 mg/L
Dosage: Look for a good blend. For first-time people, who know they have a chronic inflammation problem, take the recommended dosage (usually 4- 5 capsules a day) for the first 2 months. Some herbs kick in pretty soon (a couple weeks), some herbs are powerful but may take 1-2 months to make their effects complete (like ginger and turmeric). Full effects are reached in about 2 months. Then, many people find they can reduce dosage and maintain the same results. Individual results vary so find what is best for you.
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