Many supplements have been found to support a healthy inflammation response, reduce minor aches and pains, or both. Among the best-documented nutrients are omega-3s, gamma-linolenic acid and curcumin. Emerging research points to the anti-inflammatory benefits of some probiotics. Here are five natural supplements that meet our standards.
Carlson Inflammation Balance
Two softgels of this supplement provide 400 mg of omega-3s (266 mg of EPA and 134 mg of DHA) and 400 mg of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The supplement also provides 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 200 IU of natural-source vitamin E. Each of these ingredients has been shown to be anti-inflammatory.
Healthy Origins Probiotic 30 Billion CFUs
This is an eight-strain probiotic formula containing 30 billion CFUsin each vegetarian capsule. The species are Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, B. longum, L. rhamnosus, B. breve, L. casei, L. salivarius and L. plantarum.
Nordic Naturals Omega-3, lemon flavored
Two softgel capsules contain a total of 690 mg of omega-3s, which break down to 330 mg of EPA, 220 mg of DHA and 140 mg of other omega-3s.
Planetary Herbals Borage Super GLA 300
Each softgel capsule delivers 300 mg of gamma-linolenic acid and 446 mg of linoleic acid, the parent molecule of omega-3s. Also in the formula are 194 mg of oleic acid (omega-9) and 112 mg of palmitic acid.
Terry Naturally CuraMed Softgels
Each capsule offers 500 mg of pure curcuminoids (BCM-95 extract) from Curcuma longa, plus phospholipids and turmeric essential oil. The package states that the BCM-95 curcumin extract has been used in more than 25 clinical studies.