4 Natural Inflammation-Fighting Ingredients for Discomfort Relief

Discomfort is one of the most subjective physical experiences we go through. Like the asparagus pee smell or soap-flavoured coriander—you have to experience it to understand it.

Physical discomfort falls into three broad categories: inflammatory discomfort (nociceptive), nerve discomfort, and nociplastic discomfort arising from altered discomfort perception.

Science is far from fully understanding the different types of discomfort that often occur simultaneously. This is why discomfort management can feel like stumbling in a dark tunnel, lighting a match as you go.

Today, we dive deep into inflammatory discomfort, specifically natural remedies for abnormal inflammation.

If you have joint disorders, joint discomfort, or exercise-induced muscle damage, then you’re very familiar with inflammatory discomfort.

Inflammation is indispensable. It’s part of the communication system that tells your brain something’s wrong, and repairs need to happen in the body right away. That said, chronic or abnormal inflammation can cause prolonged discomfort.

Current pharmaceutical treatments of inflammation, such as ibuprofen (NSAIDs) or paracetamol, also cause negative, long-term side effects to the liver, gut and kidney.

In light of that, let’s break down:

  • Natural inflammation-fighting ingredients that are easily accessible
  • How astaxanthin tops the inflammation-fighting hierarchy
  • Tips on making the best of natural discomfort relievers

1. Astaxanthin Covers All the Health Bases

Astaxanthin far outstrips other known antioxidants like vitamin C
Astaxanthin far outstrips other known antioxidants like vitamin C

Astaxanthin is the MVP of antioxidants. It’s a super-antioxidant that has one of the strongest antioxidant and inflammation-fighting effects known.

To put it into perspective, astaxanthin’s antioxidant activity is:

  • 100 times more effective than α-tocopherol (vitamin E).
  • 65 times more powerful than vitamin C.
  • 54 times more potent than β-carotene (beta carotene).
  • 10 times stronger than β-carotene, canthaxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein.

Astaxanthin is perfect for long-term supplementation since it takes time to build up in target areas and work its magic—modulating inflammatory enzymes, chemicals and genes.

What does regular intake of astaxanthin for over 4 weeks do to your body?

For Athletes and Fitness Enthusiasts

Athletes supplementing astaxanthin before exercise benefit from:

  • Post-workout reduction in oxidative stress (inflammation), which causes delayed onset muscle soreness.
  • Reduced lactic acid accumulation after running.
  • Improved muscle strength and endurance.

For Inflammatory Discomfort Warriors

People experiencing joint discomfort caused by gout or degenerative joint conditions can expect therapeutic effects from astaxanthin, such as:

  • Disappearance of abnormal bone growths (bone spurs).
  • Softening of calcified soft tissue around joints.
  • Joint discomfort relief through its inflammation-fighting action.
  • Reduced cartilage degradation.
Astaxanthin protects against age-related, oxidative damage of the body’s systems
Astaxanthin protects against age-related, oxidative damage of the body’s systems

For Those Seeking Healthier Bodies

Beyond joint and muscle discomfort relief, astaxanthin alleviates many symptoms of inflammatory illness in the body.

Regular supplementation of astaxanthin:

  • Improves visual acuity and reduces eye tiredness, dryness, soreness and blurred vision.
  • Brings back skin elasticity and moisture while reducing wrinkles.
  • Blocks UV rays from damaging the skin by accumulating in the top layers.
  • Protects the brain from inflammatory neurodegenerative diseases since it can cross the blood-brain barrier.
  • Improves immune system response by activating white blood cells.
  • Reduces visceral fat deposits and improves metabolism to help fight conditions such as blood sugar irregularities and excessive weight gain.

As with many nutraceuticals, their source can make or break the efficacy of the dietary supplement.

Our organic, natural astaxanthin comes from micro-algae, lab-grown with baby-safe, spring water.

Its extraction process, using supercritical CO2 (fluid carbon dioxide) as a solvent, ensures there’s no solvent residue.

Supercritical CO2:

  • Is non-toxic.
  • Has a neutral environmental footprint.
  • Leaves no residual solvents.

Synthetic astaxanthin has 20 times lower antioxidant capacity than its natural counterpart and, to date, hasn’t been approved for human consumption.

💡 Expert Tip:

Since astaxanthin is fat-soluble, the best way to take it is to swallow one capsule a day with food or immediately after a meal. Incorporate healthy fats in your diet from nuts or avocado.

2. Curcumin Does It All

Curcumin puts the yellow in turmeric as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodness
Curcumin puts the yellow in turmeric, as well as anti-irritation and antioxidant goodness

From curries to herbal tea to face masks, turmeric has been a favourite in many cultures for thousands of years, but its active ingredients were only scientifically identified after the 1950s.

Curcumin has an impressive repertoire of effects on the body, as it:

  • Fights bacteria and fungal microbes.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Blocks malignant cell growth.
  • Triggers malignant cell death.
  • Improves cognitive function.
  • Is inflammation-fighting.

Curcumin’s inflammation-fighting and antioxidant properties are the sources of its discomfort-relieving action.

One clinical trial found that curcumin works as well as NSAIDs in relieving discomfort from joint disorders without causing the stomach problems that those pharmaceutical drugs are known for.

Supplements typically contain higher curcumin content than the turmeric root itself.

If you wish to add curcumin to your roster of inflammation-fighting ingredients, consider adding freshly grated or powdered turmeric to milk, teas and our heavy metal detox smoothie.

💡 Expert Tip:

Take curcumin with piperine (black pepper) to boost its bioavailability and absorption in your body.

3. Ginger Gets to the Root of Discomfort

Ginger root and dried, ground ginger powder, both active anti-inflammatory pain relievers
Ginger root and dried, ground ginger powder are both active inflammation-fighting discomfort relievers

From gut balancing ginger shots to ginger ale and Moscow Mules on nights out, we’ve all had a drink with ginger in it. Ginger root is also a staple in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines.

Gingerol and other bioactive chemical compounds in ginger that give it its pungent flavour are responsible for its inflammation-fighting action.

Did you know ginger is a modest inflammatory discomfort reliever that mimics the action of NSAIDs like ibuprofen but with safer long-term use?

Studies show that ginger limits the action of the hormones and chemicals that trigger inflammation in the body. It’s best suited to long-term use because its effect sets in slowly.

Further trials used ginger supplementation for a faster rebound of muscle strength following muscle soreness caused by high-intensity resistance exercise.

A controlled trial involving patients with joint disorders in the knee showed ginger’s moderate effect on discomfort reduction in the area while standing and walking.

How should you take ginger to maximise its therapeutic effects?

The more processed the ginger root is, the less potent its effect. Avoid sweetened ginger drinks with high sugar calories and little ginger content.

Opt instead for fresh ginger, grated into a cup of tea. Our detoxifying cilantro and chlorella smoothie is a great way to add ginger to your diet.

💡 Expert Tip:

Ginger supplements are more concentrated than fresh ginger. Take them only under advice from your doctor since they can cause gut irritation.

4. Capsaicin Fights Fire with Fire

Capsaicin in chilli ramps up the pain sensors and short circuits them, causing numb relief
Capsaicin in chilli ramps up the discomfort sensors and short circuits them, causing numb relief

Capsaicin is the ingredient that makes chilli either hellishly fiery or excitingly flavourful—depending on how much of a thrill seeker you are.

Grown men have wept from the discomfort of eating chili, and it’s this same uncomfortable sensation that’s at the heart of capsaicin’s discomfort relief mechanism.

At first, capsaicin triggers the heat sensors in the body, making the brain think there’s danger. The brain sends a jolt of discomfort to the exposed area, creating that signature burning sensation you experience from chilli.

With continued exposure, capsaicin depletes the chemical (substance P), which transmits and controls discomfort messages to the brain and prevents its reaccumulation.

Capsaicin numbs the discomfort.

In practice, the application of capsaicin reduces the ability of nerve cells to transmit discomfort messages to the brain. It also blocks the trigger of localised inflammation, such as swelling, tenderness, or discomfort.

Currently, there are topical capsaicin creams that give temporary relief from:

  • Minor aches and joint discomfort associated with joint disorders.
  • Psoriasis-related suffering.
  • Chronic discomfort associated with nerve damage from a shingles outbreak.
  • Cluster headaches.
  • Discomforting mouth swelling caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

💡 Expert Tip:

Your doctor should recommend oral capsaicin supplements dosage since their high concentration can irritate your gut. You can still incorporate it into your diet through fresh chilli and chilli powder. Start with tiny amounts such as quarter a chilli in food and work your way up to a comfortable daily amount.

Get Discomfort Relief Naturally

Natural discomfort relievers like astaxanthin, curcumin, and ginger do more than ease discomfort. They improve your quality of life by tackling inflammation throughout your body. Remember to always consult your doctor before introducing new treatments.

Improve your life today with our organic, vegan, non-GMO, lab-tested astaxanthin supplements and see the results yourself.