A wide variety of herbal and vitamin supplements are known to reduce inflammation and can also help stop your pain as effectively as any of the commercial synthetic medications. These supplements are advantageous because they do not have side effects from long term use.
Following is a list of the best supplements to fight inflammation and pain:
1. Omega 3 EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) – Flaxseed oil – 2,000 mg (gel caps)
As fish and fish oil which also contain EFA might not be the best environmental choice also considerating fish contamination.
Flax seed oil or raw flax seed is the recommended choice for Omega 3 supply. Both appear to be beneficial for heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and other health conditions. Flax seeds need to be ground for proper absorption. If you buy flaxseed, I recommend to grind small batches, and to store them in the freezer to ensure freshness as it spoils fast. You can use ground flax pure or in salad dressings or sprinkled over salad or even blended into smoothies.
1 TBS of flaxseed contains more than 6 grams of Omega-3 and 2 grams of Omega-9, along with 1.8 grams of Omega-6, a good ratio. Flaxseed also contains a group of compounds found in plants, called Lignans, estrogen-like chemicals that act as antioxidants and are considered helpful in preventing cancer.
Extra virgin olive oil may be an even more appetizing source of natural anti-inflammatories. It contains oleocanthal, a natural organic compound that gives the oil its slightly bitter taste. Oleocanthal has been found has anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties similar to most NSDAIDs. It is also rich in Omega-9 which is beneficial but not an essential fatty acid, as the body can produce its own amounts.