You may be aware that diet can play a huge role in inflammation. Some foods soothe it, while others aggravate it. However, if you're eating well and getting plenty of nutrients, you may be wondering if anti inflammatory diet supplements are really necessary. There's no doubt that there are plenty of supplements out there on the market. But why not simply eat foods that contain what the supplements do?
Unfortunately, the reality is that the nutrients found in foods are often needed in very high amounts to have a real impact on fighting inflammation, particularly if the inflammation is severe. In addition, it can often be difficult to eat the foods regularly or in large quantities. Take pineapple for example. It's a recommended source of bromelian which is highly regarded for reducing swelling and inflammation. However, you'd need to eat at least half a pineapple a day to get the amount required. Hence, it's much easier and cheaper to take a diet supplement.
So, which supplement should you choose?
The best option is to take a supplement that's high in omega 3 fatty acids. Why? Scientists have found that omega 3s have the natural ability to reduce inflammation in the body by inhibiting the production of inflammatory compounds. This is the same thing that non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs to. Yet, omega 3s don't product the unpleasant side effects such as stomach ulcers and bleeding. The reason why is that they don't affect the body's production of protective compounds, which protect the stomach lining from the acidic environment, like the chemical drugs do.
Fish oil is the most popular and most well known source of omega 3 fatty acids. However, when it comes to treating inflammation, green lipped mussel extract has been proven to have the edge. It contains a rare omega 3 fatty acid called Eicosatetraenoic Acid (ETA), which has powerful anti inflammatory capabilities, more so than the omega 3s in fish oil.
Of course, you shouldn't discount taking fish oil though. The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil are the most nutritious ones. Many people combine both supplements for the most effective results in treating inflammation.
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Sharell Cook is a freelance writer and researcher, with a special interest in the natural health niche.