Top 3 Supplements for Reducing Inflammation
- Posted on: Dec 14 2015
Inflammation is something that everyone should be concerned about. We live in a toxic world and are exposed to all kinds of substances, even in our food and water, that can raise our inflammation to dangerous levels. Inflammation can be a contributing factor in most diseases and health concerns, such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, MS, Auto-Immune Conditions and more. Aside from lifestyle changes, such as cleaning up your diet, exercising, and avoiding toxins, what else can be done to reduce the amount of inflammation in your body? One of the easiest ways to reduce inflammation is through supplementation. There are actually many supplements that are highly effective at reducing the inflammation in your body.
Here are my top 3 supplements for reducing inflammation:
1) N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC):
The most powerful antioxidant in your body is glutathione. Low glutathione levels have been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, age-related brain problems like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Research has shown that our bodies ability to produce glutathione decreases as we age. By around age 45, our glutathione levels can drop by as much as 50 percent below optimal.
Taking glutathione orally does not work since the molecule is too large to make it through the intestinal walls in tact. Luckily there is a supplement that can help to increase your body’s ability to produce more glutathione, and that supplement is called N-Acetyl Cysteine, or NAC for short. NAC is a small molecule that slips seamlessly through the intestinal walls where it combines with glutamic acid and glycine to help create glutathione. Taking 500 mg daily of NAC has been shown to increase blood plasma levels of glutathione by as much as 38 percent.
Zinc has long been known to boost immunity, but recent research shows that zinc is also a natural inflammation fighter. Researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit found that consuming a daily zinc supplement for three months decreased TNF-alpha, a cytokine that amplifies inflammation. Zinc supplementation trials in the elderly showed that the incidence of infections was decreased by approximately 66% in the zinc group.
The U.S. Population has chronically low zinc levels and helps to explain why our aging population is unable to fight the most common infections. Taking 30mg of zinc per day has been to shown to help fight infection and systemic inflammation.
3) Vitamin C:
Most everyone is aware of the immune boosting properties of Vitamin C. However, most people do not realize why it is so important for us to supplement our diets with it. All mammals on the planet are capable of producing their own vitamin C, except for guinea pigs, most bats, primates, and humans. Without vitamin C in their diets, these mammals will prematurely die. In humans this premature death will come from a condition called scurvy.
The majority of Americans do not have optimal levels of vitamin C. In fact, if you look at the levels of vitamin C produced by other mammals, the RDA is dramatically low in comparison. A typical 155 pound goat can produce over 13,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily. As a comparison, the recommended dietary allowance for humans of vitamin C proposed and used by nutritionists, is 90 milligrams. Consider elevating your intake of vitamin C to 3,000 – 6,000 milligrams per day. You will need to space out your intake and gradually work your way up to prevent loose bowels.
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