- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Why Chronic Inflammation is Bad
Inflammation is part of the body's healing process and immune response. However, the problem occurs when the inflammation response does not resolve or stop. Low-grade chronic inflammation that does not go away is a contributing factor to many degenerative diseases such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, allergies, and even Alzheimer's.
When the pain is bad and your doctor prescribes powerful pharmaceutical drugs of the type NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), this is fine for short-term pain relief. And this is appropriate for localized intense inflammation due to a physical injury.
However, there are many news headlines of the dangers of taking NSAID on a chronic basis. They can lead to gastrointestinal problems and kidney damage. Just read WebMD's article on NSAIDs.
For chronic systemic low-grade bodywide inflammation, many people look to natural foods that provide anti-inflammatory properties. These types of foods often includes certain mushrooms, ginger, turmeric, green tea, salmon, olive oil, and other good fats. Read more about anti-inflammatory foods here.
Dr. Andrew Weil has an anti-inflammatory food pyramid that is worth looking at. And he usually has good things to say about Asian mushrooms.
However, the problem is that most of us do not get enough of these anti-inflammatory foods in our diet, especially when we have an inflammatory process going on. Therefore, it may become necessary to find a safe natural anti-inflammation supplement in addition to a healthy diet that excludes inflammatory deep-fried foods.
One supplement that have anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3 fish oil is an example.
New Chapter makes an anti-inflammatory supplement called Zyflamend that consists of many herbs with anti-inflammatory properties.
It contains ginger, turmeric, green tea extract, rosemary, holy basil, and other ingredients such as Hu Zhang, Chinese Goldthread, Barberry, Baikal Skullcap, and oregano. (listed in no particular order).
New Chapter does not use chemical solvents in the processing of this supplement. Therefore, it is hexane-free. And it is naturally gluten-free.
NaturalNews.com has a review of Zyflamend on their site.
Dr. Katz's Guide to Prostate Health writes that ...
"Zyflamend inhibits COX-2 about as well as the potent COX-2 inhibitor drugs"
Here is Dr. Katz's talking about Zyflamend ...
Turmeric Supplement by Physiologics
This supplement contains
- turmeric extract,
- boswellia serrata extract,
- ginger extract,
- devil's claw
Not all supplements are suitable of everyone or every conditions. And certain supplements may interact with other supplements and medications. Consult with health care professional before using -- especially if you are pregnant or nursing. This supplement is supposed to be taken with food as in the middle of a meal with a 8 oz glass of water.
Article is opinion at the time of writing. Author of this article is not a medical professional, but has used the product. Author may receive revenue from ads within article.