By Erin Stokes, ND
Inflammation is on the radar for many of our patients. People often ask me, “What do you believe are the best plants that help maintain healthy inflammation?”
Here are my Top 3 Botanicals:
- Turmeric has been widely utilized in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. A rhizome that is a staple in Indian curries, Turmeric is now the subject of extensive research which focuses on the active constituent curcumin. One of the biggest questions around Turmeric is how to best potentiate its absorbability beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Bioperine, a patented black pepper extract works synergistically to enhance bioavailability.1*
- Holy Basil. Another plant that comes to us from Ayurvedic medicine is Holy Basil. It is planted around temples in India, which is a testament to its high regard within the culture. I particularly like that Holy Basil helps maintain both a healthy inflammatory response and a healthy stress response.2* In Ayurvedic medicine it is an uplifting plant that is considered a “rasayana,” a Sanskrit word that literally means “path of essence.” One of Holy Basil’s main active constituents, ursolic acid, has demonstrated the ability to support healthy cortisol levels.3*
- Ginger. Ginger is turmeric’s cousin, as they are both members of the Zingerberaceae family of plants. Ginger is widely known for its role in soothing nausea, but its impact goes far beyond that. Ginger has been shown in clinical trials to help improve joint mobility and provide relief from occasional stiffness.4*
* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is for licensed medical professionals and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
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