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Inflammation Lowering Supplements Identified

A recent study has found that that supplementation with glucosamine, chondroitin or omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil may lower levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) by 17%, 22% and 16%, respectively. This suggests that these supplements may be as effective as statins for combatting inflammation.

Inflammation is associated with a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

The study included 9,947 people who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and were a nationally representative sample of the US population. The researchers analyzed the data to determine the association between supplement use and levels of C-reactive protein.

A connection was only found for glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil. No connection was found for methylsulfonylmethane, pycnogenol, garlic, gingko or saw palmetto.

This study was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. It was published online ahead of print on November 8, 2012 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Glucosamine is produced naturally in the body and helps with joint function. Glucosamine supplements have been found to help with osteoarthritis, reducing joint pain and improving joint function.

Chondroitin is found in and around the cells of cartilage, and provides cartilage with strength and resilience. Previous research has found that chondroitin may help ease the pain of arthritis and osteoporosis, lower cholesterol and may help with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved brain health, alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

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