Being in the following phases of a life characterized by a passion for movement whether it be the thrill of downhill skiing, biking, rollerblading or whatever, has resulted in accidents, which make finding natural remedies for inflammation over a passing interest.
Health Consequences of Injuries
I remember when I broke my clavicle in a mountain biking episode the doctor warned me that arthritis would probably rear its ugly head in the future. Similarly when I broke my femur in a freak accident rollerblading.
After reading about a physician, who had his arthritis patients consume a couple of grams of ginger and turmeric every day, report on their noticeable improvement I decided to give it a try. I have been astonished at how well it works and also, but how many amazing health benefits ginger has.
Ginger is usually thought of as a spice, particularly to taste Asian dishes. Hence, you want to be intentional to guarantee regular ingestion. As a result of my initial lack of intentionality it took a while before I realized exactly how successful it is for arthritis pain.
I would be pain free for a couple weeks when I had been diligent in eating some daily then suffer when I was not. Being a tad absent minded, which includes the territory, as some of my older readers will recognize, it took time to put 2 and 2 together.
As it turns out ginger comprises a host of extremely potent natural anti-inflammatory agents. These substances are phytonutrients called gingerol. Phytonutrients are a component of a plant’s immune system to protect them from everything from insects through diseases and excessive heat, to pollutants.
They are related to prevention and treatment of a few of the biggies such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. Gingerol, the active agent in ginger, has been proven to be successful in combating nausea notably morning sickness and motion sickness.
Gingerol also has been documented to alleviate migraines and considered to be effective in protecting the stomach from ulcers in addition to having parasite fighting skills. Ginger has proved so powerful that it led me to investigate other organic remedies for arthritis.
Not surprisingly capsaicin, a chemical relative of gingerol was discovered, as a topical agent in capsaicin cream, to relieve the pain of arthritis.
As a result of countless people affected by arthritis as well as the frequently subsequent limitations of physical activity arthritis drugs are among the greatest prescribed medications in the world.
Ginger has been proven to be more effective than some of these without their very damaging side effects. But ginger isn’t the only natural way to fight arthritis using nutrients.
Another spice, turmeric, which is an ingredient in curry has similar consequences to ginger. Curcumin an active ingredient in garlic has been shown to facilitate inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Fish oil in addition to extra virgin olive oil contains natural anti-inflammatory attributes. Fish, especially oily fish such as salmon and herring with their high concentration of omega-3 make great natural anti-inflammatory meals.
Meat, poultry, eggs and the fat from dairy products are all great healthful foods. But due to their high concentration of omega-6 containing pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid that the more you consume the more fish you want to balance that.
It may be smart to incorporate supplements or flaxseed of flaxseed oil to the all important omega-3 fatty acid if you believe you’re not eating adequate fish. I’ve been integrating all of these measure in my everyday fare and have discovered that when I’m diligent I am almost pain free of arthritis.