“I don’t want to take so much Tylenol or Motrin, what natural alternative can I take?” my patients will often ask. There are numerous anti inflammatory foods and supplements that you can take that will help keep you from being in pain.
The first thing you should do is try to add a few of these foods to your diet. That will help with general inflammation and you may not need to take a supplement with some small dietary changes.
Omega 3 fatty acids have great anti inflammatory properties. Omega 3’s are found in cold water fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and canola oil. Olive oil gets a special mention here because it also improves cardiovascular health.
Pineapple. If you like pineapple and you need a natural anti inflammatory you’re in luck. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromolain that is an excellent anti inflammatory.
Papaya. Papaya contains an enzyme called papain that is also an excellent anti inflammatory.
Check out this short video about pineapple and papaya. There is some good info here (sorry about the ad).
In general eating raw or whole fruits and vegetables as your carbohydrate source will help with your inflammation. Avoiding red, fatty meat will help too. Eat a basic healthy diet and when you need to take something extra there are supplements for inflammation.
As far as supplements go you can take Omega 3’s, bromolain, papain, quercetin, flavenoids, glucosamine and vitamin C all work to reduce inflammation. These supplements are a good way to go when you need a more therapeutic dose.
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