Other Supplements to Reduce Inflammation

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Other Supplements to Reduce Inflammation


Turmeric is a yellow spice used in Indian curry.

Turmeric contains a phytochemical called curcumin.

Like sesamin, curcumin also inhibits the enzyme that makes AA.

But, curcumin also inhibits the activity of the enzyme necessary to make both “good” and “bad” eicosanoids.

Even so, like sesame oil, the benefits of turmeric as a spice outweigh any potential negative consequences.

Our recommendations for turmeric:  If you like curry, then you’ll like the taste of turmeric and can make it a constant ally in your body.

Don’t be afraid to use it liberally.

It can be used with a wide number of dishes and recipes.

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is a short-chain omega-3 found in high concentrations in flaxseed oil.

Like curcumin, ALA inhibits the enzyme that decreases the production of both “good” and “bad” eicosanoids.

However, unlike EPA, sesamin, or curcumin, ALA has no ability to inhibit the synthesis of AA.

This may be why high intake of ALA have been linked to increases in prostate cancer.

Although ALA can be theoretically made into EPA, the process is very inefficient in humans.

Our recommendation for ALA:  Forget about taking ALA if you’re taking high-dose fish oil.

You’ll get far better anti-inflammatory effects from fish oil because the conversion of ALA into EPA is very inefficient.

Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLA)

This is a potentially good trans-fat.

It occurs naturally in dairy products and can be made synthetically.

The synthetic version of CLA contains two isomers.

One of the isomers acts like ALA, thereby decreasing the production of both “good” and “bad” eicosanoids.

However, the other isomer in the synthetic version also causes an increase in insulin resistance in humans and causes fatty livers in mice.

Our recommendations for CLA:  The jury is still out on this supplement, so we’d avoid it for the time being.


You’d never think of alcohol as a dietary supplement, but it actually does a pretty good job of reducing silent inflammation if taken in moderation.

Levels of C-reactive protein are lowered in people who drink a moderate amount of alcohol.

It appears alcohol stimulates the conversion of omega-6 fatty acids into the production of anti-inflammatory eicosanoids.

This helps explain why having one to two glasses of wine per day or the equivalent amount of other forms of alcohol appears to be cardio protective.

But, if you consume alcohol in larger amounts apparently the conversion speeds up, and all the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption are wiped out.

Our recommendation for alcohol:  Have the equivalent of 2 drinks a day (one glass of wine, bottle of beer, or mixed drink) if you’re male and 1 drink a day if you’re female.

If you’re going to drink alcohol, always have a protein chaser with it to prevent an overproduction of insulin.

This might be an ounce of cheese for each glass of wine, or four jumbo shrimp (or chicken wings) with each bottle of beer.

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(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)

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