Inflammation is a natural response to illness or injury, and many seek natural cures for the condition marked by redness, swelling, pain and heat.
Spices, including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, black pepper and clove have been found to reduce inflammation in the body, Healthline noted.
Foods, including bell peppers, pears, mackerel, spinach, black tea, buckwheat, pomegranate seeds, may help reduce inflammation, Time magazine noted.
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Inflammatory bowel disease may be eased by increasing nitric oxide in the lining of the gut with fisetin — which is present in apples, persimmons and strawberries — and citrulline, found in watermelon, beets, and spinach, according to a study by the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Supplements also include components that have been shown to reduce inflammation. Here are seven natural cures for inflammation.
1. Vitamin C — Supplementing vitamin C has been shown to lower C-reactive protein, a general marker of inflammation, according to Oregon State University.
2. Quercetin — Flavonoids such as quercetin have anti-inflammatory properties, according to OSU.
3. Hesperidin — Found in citrus fruits, this flavonoid has anti-inflammatory properties, according to the journal Current Medicinal Chemistry.
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4. Chamomile — The anti-inflammatory traits of chamomile are credited with protecting against diarrhea, stomach ulcers, nausea and gas, according to Healthline.
5. Luteolin — Found in broccoli, pepper, thyme, and celery, this flavonoid suppresses inflammation, according to the Brain Research Bulletin.
6. Bromelain — An enzyme found in pineapple, bromelain is thought to be comparable to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
7. Green tea — This anti-inflammatory agent has been recognized as a treatment for arthritic disease, according to Surgical Neurology International.
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This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.