Inflammation is your body’s response to fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system. Inflammation can be detected visually by five cardinal signs, namely redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function.

Inflammation can be caused by existing disease or trauma, but it can also be triggered by unhealthy diets. Changing your diet to a healthy one with anti-inflammatory foods can make a significant difference. In addition, there are supplements that can help.

Consult with your healthcare practitioner for the right supplements for you.

Look for supplements that contain any of these 6 ingredients that can fight off inflammation. They are alpha-lipoic acid, curcumin, fish oil, ginger, resveratrol and spirulina.

Alpha-lipoic acid is a fatty acid made by your body that plays a key role in metabolism and energy production and is an antioxidant. Curcumin is a component of the spice turmeric that can decrease inflammation in diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. Fish oil contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital to good health. Fish oil can decrease the inflammation associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many other condition. Ginger root is commonly ground into powder and added to sweet and savory dishes. Commonly used to treat indigestion and nausea, including morning sickness, ginger may reduce inflammation linked to colitis, kidney damage, diabetes and breast cancer. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes, blueberries, fruits with purple skin, red wine and peanuts. It can reduce inflammation in individuals with heart disease, insulin resistance, gastritis, ulcerative colitis and other conditions. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae with strong antioxidant effects that reduces inflammation, leads to healthier aging and may strengthen the immune system.