BY MELISSA BLAIR, RHN
Five classic signs of inflammation are:
- Loss of function
These markers and inflammation itself can be caused by stress, trauma, illness, unhealthy foods and even lifestyle habits. They can cause inflammation in various areas of your body.
The good news is that anti-inflammatory foods, exercise, good sleep and stress management all help to keep inflammation in check. There are some cases where getting additional support from supplements can help combat chronic inflammation and bring things back into balance.
So the big question is: What is the best natural anti-inflammatory supplement?
My number one go-to is Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. When seeking long-term pain relief, reduction and prevention of inflammation and arthritis pain, it is important to know that not all Curcumin supplements are created equal. PURICA Curcumin carries extra strength because it has 30% bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), compared to the 1% BDMC found in regular Curcumin extract. That 30-to-1 ratio meant I felt lasting relief in the first two days rather than two weeks. It was more effective than aspirin and ibuprofen at reducing inflammation without the health risks the over-the-counter meds carry.
Some Holistic Nutritionist Geek Facts:
- BDMC improves curcumin stability, bioavailability and prolonged survival in blood.
- BDMC inhibits NF-kB and MSK1 to combat inflammation from two targets. Regular curcumin only inhibits NF-kB.
- The BDMC contained in PURICA Curcumin offers an ORAC of 565,000 UNITS/g. Regular curcumin has an ORAC of just 9,500 UNITS/g.
While these anti-inflammatory attributes and proven track record in managing arthritis and osteoarthritis make Curcumin a terrific ally to your natural health, the benefits do not end there. PURICA Curcumin 30% BDMC also:
- Enhances detoxification
- Promotes skin health
- Balances cholesterol
- Regulates blood sugar
- Helps prevent blood clots.
- Boosts brain function.
So whether you’re wanting relief from joint pain and inflammation to get back to doing what you love or you’re looking for a natural health supplement that packs the punch of other benefits, I recommend PURICA Curcumin Extra Strength become part of your arsenal.
Melissa Blair, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. For more information, check out her website or email her. And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook
*A note on vegan and vegetarian options: At Purica, we’re committed to empowering you with the best in whole foods, supplements and positive lifestyle solutions. We support all athletes and active living people whatever your dietary preferences, although we will always do our part to raise awareness about the benefits of vegetarian or vegan options.