March 19, 2018

Chronic illnesses are those in which the immune response causes inappropriate inflammation. While chronic ailments are not well understood, the role inflammation plays is becoming increasingly evident. Usually, inflammation is part of the immune process that helps keep people healthy. However, when it is part of a chronic illness, the immune system attacks the body instead of protecting it. Lately, even celebrities are revealing their struggles with these illnesses.

Once the lens of inappropriate inflammation applies to the disease process, it becomes clear that there are, luckily, some concrete ways to reduce its negative impact. Supplements can, for example, be quite useful. But what kind? And how can the consumer know the contents are what the label says they are?

Part of the trouble is that supplements in the United States do not require FDA approval before being sold. One way to combat that reality is to look up supplements on independent websites that make it their mission to test the pills in a laboratory and determine their contents. Then the consumer can choose effective treatments based on products that contain what they say they do.

1. Turmeric
The first supplement to consider is curcumin or turmeric extract. Turmeric is said to have anti-inflammation properties and is often available as a drink known as golden milk. You also can find it in pill form, but it is also easy to add to a variety of foods as a spice. It imparts a beautiful color to meats, curries, rice, and other dishes. More supermarkets are carrying fresh turmeric as well as dried.

2. Green Tea
Similar to curcumin, green tea supplements are a concentrated form of the drink, so many people are big fans of it. Green Tea contains antioxidant properties, and therefore anti-inflammation features that are helpful to many people struggling with chronic illness. Tea drinking culture is on the rise in the United States and around the world, so it's easy to get a fresh pot with your meal in most restaurants. An electric kettle and a box of tea will also perk up any home!

3. Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
Fish oil is thought to have restorative properties, especially for the joints. Relatively recently fish oil has become popular because people now understand how necessary omega three fatty acids are to health. These nutritional building blocks can also have a positive impact on heart conditions and may help prevent strokes. A good trick is to take cinnamon (or other pleasant flavors) pills alongside the fish oil, so the flavor of fish doesn't haunt the unfortunate user for the rest of the day!

4. Vitamin D
Nowadays, more and more people are spending the majority of their time inside thanks to office jobs. Therefore, Vitamin D supplements are critical to health. While research on Vitamin D is continually evolving, science does suggest that vitamin D has a beneficial effect on many physical processes. Usually, people derive the majority of their Vitamin D from spending time in the sun. But since so many workers start their day in the dark and go home in the dark as well, supplements become even more critical to health.

5. Multi-Vitamin
Finally, a good Multi-Vitamin can fill in any nutritional gaps. They can also be formulated to address specific problems and needs. Perhaps the most well-known of these are pregnancy vitamins that include ingredients targeted for baby health like folic acid. That said, there are also vitamins for men's needs, for women's needs, for people over fifty, and so on.

Working with a doctor when taking these supplements is essential. They are medicine in their own right and can interact with prescription drugs. Also choosing independently verified supplements, like Nature's Aide Multi-Vitamin and Multi-Herbal formula with 40+ verified 'clean room' ingredients, will protect against the fact that the FDA does not regulate these products. Selecting an independently verified brand will also make sure the supplements pack an appropriate punch.

These supplements, incorporated into a healthy lifestyle, will reduce the symptoms of chronic illness, and enhance the quality of life of those suffering from such issues. While none of the supplements discussed here are curative, they are valid. In the internet age, these medicines are also more accessible than ever. Try one (or all of them) today.
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