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5 Best Natural Remedies For Inflammation - Safe, Effective, and Low in Cost

The best natural remedies for inflammation are safe, effective, low-cost and free of side effects. They are much better than prescription drugs -- or over-the-counter drugs, for that matter -- in all those ways.
Here are the reasons why, and 5 of the best natural remedies for inflammation.

Inflammation underlies many diseases.

Arthritis, heart disease, strokes and diabetes are four diseases in which long-term inflammation is a major factor. These four diseases alone affect hundreds of millions of people.

Anti-inflammation drugs can kill you.

Vioxx and Celebrex were introduced in the 1990s with great fanfare: painkillers that wouldn't irritate your stomach. These were soon joined by another wonder called Bextra.

All these drugs are Cox-2 inhibitors, designed to relieve pain by reducing inflammatory pathways in the body. Unfortunately, they also caused heart attacks and strokes.People were dying due to their painkillers. By 2005, Vioxx and Bextra were withdrawn from the US market and Celebex had to carry a "Black Box" warning on the risks of taking it.

Every year, deaths are reported from using nearly every painkiller in the drugstore. If any vitamin had a record like that, you'd be hearing an outcry to ban its sale permanently.

Top 5 natural remedies for inflammation

1. Vitamin E and C. One recent study found that arthritics taking 1200 IU of natural vitamin E for 12 weeks had their pain reduced by half. Vitamin C works synergistically with Vitamin E.

2. What to cut: Grains, dairy products, and most vegetable oils in your diet. All these are major contributors to the inflammation-producing diet that most of us eat. The trans-fats (partly hydrogenated vegetable oils) are among the worst for your health.

3. Vegetables and fruit: If you can't eat five servings a day, begin by adding just one a day to your regular meals.

4. Spices: The common kitchen spices rosemary, ginger and turmeric are all anti-inflammatory. If you enjoy these flavors, use as much as you like in food. If you prefer to take them in capsules (you can find them in most natural food stores), 100 mg a day are good doses of rosemary and ginger. Curcumin is the natural yellow pigment in turmeric, and 2-3 mg. a day is reasonable.

5. Fish oil: The heavyweight champion of anti-inflammation supplements. Omega-3 fish oils have proven benefits against inflammation in thousands of studies. Make sure yours are molecularly distilled for purity and concentration of DHA and EPA.

I take an omega 3 fish oil that has added the antioxidants lycopene and astaxanthin, as well as CoQ10. This is the most powerful natural combination of remedies for inflammation I know. And the CoQ10 is also key to muscle strength and increased energy.

Kathryn Lane is a longtime health and nutrition researcher. The best fish oil supplements she has found have never been the most expensive or the most-advertised. See her website:
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