NSAIDS are the first line of treatment for most inflammatory conditions. Although they are very effective for conditions that cause acute pain, they shouldn’t be recommended for treating chronic conditions. The most common side effect of NSAIDS is gastrointestinal distress, which can be represented by bleeding, ulcers or diarrhea. If you’re suffering from an autoimmune illness, you’d better keep your intestines in good shape given that the origin of most of AI diseases is suspected to be in the intestinal microbiota. Below, we present three natural alternatives to NSAIDS that in some cases may be as effective as their equivalent drug without causing any nasty side effects.
-Fish Oil: It’s composed by two fatty acids called EPA and DHA. Fish such as mackerel, sardines or anchovies are the most obvious and common sources of EPA and DHA. As the average western diet is high in Omega-6 fatty acids (found in red meat, eggs or vegetable oils) we need to increase our consumption of fish in order to reach an ideal ratio of 1:1. This can be also achieved with proper supplementation, which is more expensive and insecure than consuming large quantities of oily fish.
Why capsules when you have it in it’s natural form and easily available?
A correct ratio of omega 3/6 is related to a better cardiovascular health, improved mood in depressed patients and even a significant reduction in inflammation (reduction of C-reactive protein and some inflammatory cytokines in osteoarthritis).
Since fish oil is still being researched we may find even more positive effects in the future. We therefore consider that eating oily fish at least three times per day won’t do you any harm. This one is our favourite supplement.
-Curcumin: Curcumin is a small molecule found in turmeric, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for years. It has a poor oral bioavailability so it must be enhanced with piperine and fat unless you want it to reach your colon, in which case you should just take it as it is. Research has shown clear results for treating inflammation, pain and certain cancers. This is our most recommended supplement for arthritic conditions. It may also benefit patients with IBD as it exerts anti-inflammatory effects in the colon. Please don’t confuse it with turmeric, the spice where it comes from which doesn’t have any special uses. Look for a BCM-95 formulation of curcumin for better absortion. We love this product.
A must if you have arthritis
-Boswellia: Another typical Ayurvedic product. Boswellia is a gum resin extracted from a tree. Via its boswellic acids it appears to be a potent anti-inflammatory that has been proved successful in treating Osteoarthritis and certain cancers. In one study it was more effective than Sulfasalazine in treating active Ulcerative Colitis which shows that it can also be very useful in treating IBD, and it’s our supplement of choice for patients with these conditions. This is our favourite brand of Boswellia.
These are three supplements that we consider scientifically proven to be effective for inflammatory conditions. If you want to know more about the dosage, our favourite makers or the recommended treatment for a certain condition don’t hesitate to contact us through the contact form in this website and we’ll try to provide you with more information. Please, feel free to comment below this post about your experience with supplements for treating inflammation.