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- Can Drinking Tea Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?
- 1. Ginger Tea
- 2. Green Tea
- 3. Rose Hip Tea
- 4. Black Tea
- 5. Willow Bark Tea
- 6. Nettle Leaf Tea
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- An Herbal Approach To Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Top 5 Teas for Inflammation
- 5 Best Teas for Inflammation
- What is Inflammation?
- There are two forms of inflammation: acute and chronic.
- Diet factors that promote inflammation
- Using green tea to reduce inflammation
- Why not just take green tea in capsule form to reduce inflammation?
- What other teas besides green tea should I drink for inflammation?
- How much tea should I drink to reduce inflammation?
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Best teas for inflammation
Tea is an excellent way to fight chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation, when left unchecked is what causes many diseases such as cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Signs of inflammation may reveal itself by getting sick often, lack of energy, lethargy, etc.
Green tea to reduce inflammation
Diet is a key factor when it comes to reducing inflammation. Tea contains anti-oxidants known as polyphenols. Catechins are a class of polyphenols that are found in the highest concentration in green, white and purple tea. Incorporating these teas in your every day drinking is a great way to get a constant flow of anti-oxidants. Since Matcha is made from green tea, this is a great way to get additional anti-oxidants.
Herbs to reduce inflammation
Many herbs have the ability to reduce inflammation. When scientists analyzed an herbal blend from a blue zone in Greece (where people routinely live much longer than average), they found a large amount of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Some examples are:
Ginger, Turmeric, Turmeric, Sage, Lemon Verbena, Milk Thistle
What are some recommendations?
Thankfully, we’ve assembled some great recommendations for teas that are great for inflammation.
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We all want to perform at our best—whether it’s at work, at the gym or playing with our kids. But one of the biggest issues that many people face is chronic inflammation. Inflammation can cause pain and fatigue that can hold you back.
“Inflammation is more than the swollen finger you hit with a hammer or the toe you stubbed,” said Dana M. Alexander, a dietitian at Geisinger. “When we don’t take care of our bodies, we can develop chronic inflammation, which can show up throughout the entire body, leading to joint pain, weight gain and even diseases like Alzheimer’s or heart disease.”
Believe it or not, inflammation is often a good thing—it’s how your immune system alerts your body that there’s an issue that needs to be taken care of. There are many different things that can cause inflammation, but a contributing factor is often found in the typical American diet, with foods that are rich in fat and salt.
“French fries and soda might be delicious, but too much of these foods can leave you feeling achy, tired and out of sorts,” said Alexander. “Research points to inflammation causing chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia and diabetes.”
The good news is that inflammation can be reduced by selecting foods with anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are eight foods that can help you reduce inflammation.
Berries (mostly blueberries)
These little superfoods can pack a punch when it comes to reducing inflammation.
“Berries, especially blueberries, are full of vitamins and antioxidants called flavonoids that can help fight inflammation,” said Alexander. “They also have chemicals that help regulate your immune system, which can reduce chronic inflammation.”
Beating inflammation is as easy as a cup of tea. Tea has antioxidants called catechins, reduce inflammation. Green tea contains EGCG, the most powerful type of catechin. Other teas have this effect too, but green tea has the most benefits.
The humble beet has its benefits. Studies show that beets can decrease inflammation and other risk factors for chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Broccoli and other vegetables in the cruciferous family are all high in vitamin K. Some research suggests that vitamin K can help regulate inflammation in the body by affecting as many as 14 different causes of inflammation. Unfortunately, most of us do not get enough vitamin K in our diets. There are two types of vitamin K—one that is found in leafy green vegetables like spinach and one that is found in liver and eggs.
“When most people think of chocolate, they think of it as a treat instead of a health food,” said Alexander. “But, cocoa contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar levels. Make sure to get chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao for the highest amounts of antioxidants.”
When it comes to inflammation, you’ll hear about omega-3 fatty acids. Fish, especially salmon, is a great source of omega-3s—it contains two different types, DHA and EPA. Omega-3s are a type of nutrient that can help reduce inflammation and ease joint pain.
Ginger is more than just a side to sushi or an ingredient in tea; ginger has benefits of its own, too. Ginger contains chemicals that are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Studies show that it helps ease severe inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, too.
While it may not be familiar to many Americans, turmeric is popular in Asia—particularly in India.
Turmeric is a yellow spice that has many health benefits. One of the chemicals in turmeric inhibits chronic inflammatory signals in the body. This eases inflammation, which can prevent joint damage, arthritis, heart disease and liver damage.
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Can Drinking Tea Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?
If pain and stiffness have an uncomfortable impact on your life, a mug of tea may be a simple and gentle path to feeling better. When it comes to treating arthritis, “I believe all tea can be beneficial,” says Mahsa Tehrani, MD, a rheumatologist in Vienna, Virginia. “Tea has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties which can theoretically help with the underlying inflammation,” she says.
Check with your doctor before trying any complementary treatments to make sure they won’t interact with your prescription medications or other products that you take. Like all supplements, teas are not regulated by the FDA and products could contain ingredients that aren’t listed on the label or provide irregular doses; in some cases drinking tea could up your risk for experiencing medication side effects. Discuss specifics with your doctor. Once you get the go-ahead, teatime may become your favorite part of the day.
1. Ginger Tea
It’s not just for upset stomachs. A 2016 Italian study published in Natural Product Research evaluated the effect of ginger supplementation on inflammation and chronic knee pain in people with arthritis. Test subjects took 25 mg of ginger for 30 days—along with 5 g of echinacea—and reported significant improvements on a quality of life pain scale. Ginger root is readily found at grocery and health food stores; simply slice it thinly and steep in hot water for about 10 minutes. Precaution note: Ginger can act as a blood thinner, so you may want to skip it if you’re on blood-thinning medications.
2. Green Tea
In addition to being a heart-health protector and brain booster, this antioxidant superstar may also help reduce the joint pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. An animal study published in Rheumatology & Arthritis in February 2016 found that a phytochemical in green tea, known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), may help block the effects of RA without impacting other cellular functions. Although the study was conducted on animals, the researchers believe EGCG may be a future alternative to prescription medicines. Note: Green tea may interact with acetaminophen (Tylenol), codeine and other drugs.
3. Rose Hip Tea
This orange-red ball that appears on the stem of rose plants when they’re not flowering is a concentrated source of vitamin C, and it’s long been used as an herbal remedy. But a study published in Australian Family Physician in July 2012, found that one of its phytochemicals, galactolipids, has antinflammatory properties that can benefit those with both osteoarthritis and RA. Their analysis found that rose hip powder “consistently reduced pain scores, and that the patients allocated to rose hip powder were twice as likely to respond to rose hip compared to placebo,” say study authors.
Rose hips make a tart and fruity tea that’s often blended with hibiscus; check a health food store or specialty tea shop to find it. Be mindful: Rose hip may interact with antacids and estrogens.
4. Black Tea
The standard bearer of tea bags, black tea is rich in quercetin, a bioflavanoid that has anti-inflammatory effects. A 2015 study published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics found that quercetin reduced inflammation and increased antioxidant defense in animal test subjects. But be warned: Black tea can be high in caffeine depending on how it’s brewed, which may impact the effectiveness of certain medications. And if it makes you feel jittery, try decaf instead.
5. Willow Bark Tea
An ancient Chinese herbal pain relief remedy, willow bark is chemically similar to aspirin, and there are a handful of medical studies that support the use of willow bark in joint pain and osteoarthritis. A review published in the May 2015 issue of Phytotherapy Research found that willow bark extract has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects that stem from the polyphenols and flavonoids it contains. But for people on many medications, this will not be a good treatment option. People who take methotrexate (Trexall, Rheumatrex), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), beta-blockers, blood-thinning medication, those who are pregnant, and anyone under 16 should not take willow bark.
6. Nettle Leaf Tea
The stinging nettle plant has been used for hundreds of years, especially in Europe, to treat muscle and joint pain, arthritis, and gout. A study published in the journal Molecules in August 2015 found that the antioxidant activity in nettle leaf extract inhibits one of the key enzymes that affect the inflammation process.
You can buy nettle in most health food stores; but it is not recommended for pregnant women or those with kidney or bladder issues. Nettle leaf is also used as a topical skin treatment for joint pain.
Additional reporting by Debbie Strong.
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An Herbal Approach To Rheumatoid Arthritis
Originally posted at: http://www.donnieyance.com/an-herbal-approach-to-rheumatoid-arthritis/
I recently conferred with a patient who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic inflammatory type of arthritis that affects the lining of the joints, causing painful swelling and potential joint destruction and deformity. The standard treatment for the disease is high dosages of pharmaceutical drugs, including anti-inflammatories, steroids, and immune suppressive drugs. The danger is that although these drugs suppress symptoms and may keep the disease somewhat under control, they do not address the underlying causes. And the side effects of these types of drugs can be significant, including serious liver damage, increased risk for infection, and heart disease.
As with most diseases, conventional medicine makes the mistake of solely focusing on the relief of symptoms—no matter what the cost—instead of the individual and the underlying contributing factors to the disease. In certain severe cases, it may be necessary to interrupt the vicious cycle of autoimmunity (where the body attacks itself) with the help of conventional medicine. However, it is vital at the same time to work with natural medicine to address the underlying factors, potentiate the use of conventional drugs (such as steroids), offset short and long-term side effects, and slowly wean people off these drugs by enhancing the innate capacity to heal from within by using botanical, nutritional, dietary and life-style medicine.
With a complex condition such as RA, it’s important to look at the whole picture. In the paradigm of Mederi Medicine, also known as the Eclectic Triphasic Medicine System (ETMS), we employ three diagnostic lenses: 1) the person’s constitution and symptom presentation, 2) blood work and other diagnostic tests, and 3) the known disease patterns and possible genetic type predisposed to RA, such as those with methyl defects.
The basic approach of the ETMS to RA is:
Nourishment with botanicals and nutrients to supply the building blocks for collagen, joints, ligaments, tendons, and all connective tissue.
Aid in anabolic-recovery and healing and regeneration, enhancing both strength and lubrication, which assist in mobility and flexibility.
Mitigate and modulate inflammation and oxidative damage.
I evaluate each patient as an individual, asking questions such as: “What are your symptoms and when did they start? Did anything precede the RA, such as an infection, or an acute stressful event? What does your blood work look like?” Besides inflammatory biomarkers such as SED rate and CRP, as well as CBC, I often advise having hormones checked, such as DHEA sulfate, vitamin D (both 25 OH and 125diOH) and homocysteine. The SED rate, CRP, and WBC (CBC) help in assessing the current level of inflammation while the other tests assess related microenvironment biomarkers that reflect overall health. For example, low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk in RA and autoimmunity.
If a patient is in significant pain, it might be necessary to start with a low dose of steroids (most likely prednisone) and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Bufferin (aspirin with calcium and magnesium to buffer the effects of aspirin on the stomach) or Celebrex, which is a COX-2 inhibitor. Recently, researchers found that 500 mg 2 times daily of Boswellia serrata extract was more effective than Celebrex at relieving symptoms of pain and discomfort.1 Boswellia is one of the main herbs in one of the formulations I use for RA. I recommend holding off on immune suppressive drugs, which most likely will be chemotherapy (such as methotrexate), because they cause significant stress to the liver and GI tract as well increase susceptibility to infections.
If possible, I recommend beginning with botanical formulations, but if someone is suffering and needs quick relief, I suggest using the lowest possible dose of prednisone possible to get relief. At the same time, I recommend an ETMS protocol that includes several botanical and nutritional formulations designed to potentiate the anti-inflammatory effects of the drugs, while simultaneously protecting the body from the adverse effects of the drugs. RA is a multifaceted disease, and the program I advise is correspondingly comprehensive.
The primary formulations I recommend for rheumatoid arthritis include the following:
Formula #1 contains boswellic acid-rich boswellia, feverfew extract, scutellaria baicalensis extract, honokiol-rich magnolia extract and andrographolide-rich andrographis extract.
Formula #2 contains salmon derived collagen, green lipped mussel extract powder, glucosamine and chrondroitin sulfate, devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) extract containing 15% harpagoside, white willow (Salix alba) bark extract containing 30% salicin, yucca (Yucca schidigera) root extract, and black pepper (Piper nigrum) extract containing 95% piperine.
Salmon derived collagen provides an array of nutrients, including the amino acids proline and hydroxyproline, which assist in joint and connective tissue health. Salmon derived collagen aids in the production of synovial fluid, which protects the hardness and flexibility of cartilage. Salmon derived collagen is also rich in cartilage proteoglycan, which suppresses inflammation in diseases such as RA. Several recent studies have found that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules (called bioactive peptides) that may provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation.2,3
Green lipped mussel extract is a rich source of nutrients, including a wide range of glycoaminoglycans (including chondroitin sulphate). It has been shown in clinical trials to significantly reduce pain and improve joint mobility, with no side effects.4,5 It has also been shown to decrease inflammatory biomarkers.6,7
Devil’s claw is native to the southern part of the African continent and has historically been used as a pain-relieving anti-inflammatory. Pharmacologically, the herb has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Recent research suggests that there may be a down-regulation of COX-2 and iNOS, as well as a similar effect on TNF alpha transcription.8-11
The use of willow bark dates back thousands of years to the time of Hippocrates, when patients were advised to chew on the bark to reduce fever and inflammation. The bark of white willow contains salicin, a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). In combination with the herb’s powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds called flavonoids, salicin is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. Salicin inhibits the over expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and nuclear factor kappa beta (NF-kB), which are involved in both inflammation and abnormal gene expression. In studies, willow bark extract has been found to be a useful and safe treatment for arthritis-related pain and inflammation.12,13
Formula #3 contains curcumin-rich turmeric, OPC-rich grape seed and skin extract, green tea extract, a gingerol-rich ginger extract, amla (Indian gooseberry extract), quercetin, resveratrol and piperine-rich black pepper extract.
Formula #4 is an inward yin nourishing Kidney Essence (endocrine) tonic formula that contains rhemannia, shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Dioscorea, black cohosh, hops (Humulus lupulus),Eucommia and licorice. This formula assists in endocrine/hormonal health by enhancing “Essence,” the Endocrine Energy System as a whole. It nourishes, strengthens, and balances essence, thus building the inner energy, which is networked with the immune system and essential to buffering the hyper-immune state of RA. I also sometimes recommend taking a more anabolic restorative Kidney tonic in the morning that contains steroidal-rich adaptogens, including rhaponticum carthamoides, ajuga turkestanica and cissus quadrangularis.
My reason for recommending endocrine tonic formulas is because I believe that it is an essential part of healing to address the underlying cause of disease. This approach facilitates the innate healing response of the body. Research shows that stressful/inflammatory conditions activate the immune system and subsequently the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis through the central and peripheral production of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6 and TNF-alpha.14 Further research points to the complex relationship of the HPA and sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the gonadal hormones (hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, HPG), and other hormones; estrogens are implicated as enhancers of the immune response and androgens and progesterone as natural suppressors.15
Formula #5 is a fatty acid mixture of high-quality EPA/DHA rich fish oil with sea buckthorn oil and pine seed oil or a GLA-rich oil such as borage seed or black currant seed oil. Pine seed oil contains pinolenic acid, a GLA-like compound that also reduces the inflammatory cascade. This combination oil possesses wonderful immune and prostaglandin modulating ability as well as the excellent GI protective effects of sea buckthorn oil.
Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, can suppress the production of proinflammatory eicosanoids. In September, 2013, a study published online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that using fish oil as an adjunctive treatment in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis may benefit patients and allow for less aggressive treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, and may also have cardiovascular benefits.16
For pain and inflammation control I recommend a formula that contains a 30% salicin-rich willow bark extract, a 50% THP corydalis extract, wild turmeric extract, dong quai extract, boswellia extract and white peony extract. A typical recommendation is 1-2 caps with each meal and 3-4 before bed.
I also recommend a medicinal smoothie that includes a probiotic powder called Therobiotic (probiotic supplementation has been shown to improve inflammatory status in patients with RA) and a powdered herb blend to protect the GI tract, regulate the immune system, and help to control inflammation. The formula I often use in combination for intestinal health consists of DGL licorice root, marshmallow root, BiAloe 18% Acemannan aloe vera extract, covalent bonded glutamine, propolis and echinacea.
Studies show that probiotics are a useful preventive and therapeutic strategy in autoimmune diseases (AD) such as RA. Three interacting factors including an aberrant intestinal microbiota, a “leaky” intestinal mucosal barrier, and altered intestinal immune responsiveness appear to create a perfect environment for AD development. The regulation of intestinal microflora composition by probiotics offers the possibility to influence the development of mucosal/systemic immunity in a positive way.17
Depending on the individual, I may recommend a protective cell detoxification formula rich in isothiocyanates and methlyation donors. Isothiocyanates have been shown to reduce inflammation in patients with RA. For example, ulforaphane, an isothiocyanate derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, regulates synoviocyte hyperplasia and T cell activation in RA.18
I may also create a custom formulation that includes one of my adaptogenic formulations making up 50% of the total formula, combined with specific endocrine enhancing and immune modulating herbs such as cat’s claw, meadowsweet, or bryonia.
A topical gel or cream for pain and sore joints can be helpful, and unless the individual is experiencing a “flare” of the disease (characterized by heat signs such as fever or significant redness around the inflamed joints), I suggest hot Epsom salt baths before bed.
Of course, I recommend a diet that helps to control inflammation and at the same time builds and strengthens the individual’s constitution. The optimal diet is based on fruits, vegetables, and fish and is free of refined or processed foods. I suggest focusing on specific anti-inflammatory foods such as brightly colored berries, sulfur-rich vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale) and cold water fish (salmon, trout).
In my experience, patients who follow this protocol are able to wean themselves completely off of pharmaceutical medications—or at the very least, are able to reduce medications to a minimum. It takes time and persistence, but the results are worthwhile.
- K. Prabhavathi U, Shobha Jagdish Chandra, et al. Randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, cross over study to evaluate the analgesic activity of Boswellia serrata in healthy volunteers using mechanical pain model, Indian J Pharmacol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 46(5): 475–479.
- Yoshimura S, Asano K, et al. Attenuation of collagen-induced arthritis in mice by salmon proteoglycan.Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014:406453. doi: 10.1155/2014/406453. Epub 2014 May 22/
- Sashinami H1, Asano K, et al. Salmon proteoglycan suppresses progression of mouse experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis via regulation of Th17 and Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells, Life Sci. 2012 Dec 17;91(25-26):1263-9.
- Szechinski, J, Zawadzki M, et al. Measurement of pain relief resulting from the administration of Perna canaliculus lipid complex PCSO-524 as compared to fish oil for treating patients who suffer from osteoarthritis of knee and/or hip joints. Rheumatologia Volume 49, Issue 4, Pages 244-252.
- Brien S, Prescott P, et al. Systematic review of the nutritional supplement Perna Canaliculus (green-lipped mussel) in the treatment of osteoarthritis. QJM. 2008 Mar;101(3):167-79. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcm108. Epub 2008 Jan 25. Review.
- Lee CH1, Butt YK, et al. A lipid extract of Perna canaliculus affects the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in a rat adjuvant-induced arthritis model, Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Dec;40(4):148-53.
- Halpern GM. Anti-inflammatory effects of a stabilized lipid extract of Perna canaliculus (Lyprinol). Allerg Immunol (Paris). 2000 Sep;32(7):272-8.
- Fiebich BL, Heinrich M, et al. Inhibition of TNF-alpha synthesis in LPS-stimulated primary human monocytes by Harpagophytum extract SteiHap 69. Phytomedicine 2001;8:28-30.
- Loew D, Mollerfeld J, et al. Investigations on the pharmacokinetic properties of Harpagophytum extracts and their effects on eicosanoid biosynthesis in vitro and ex vivo. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2001;69:356-364.
- Jang MH, Lim S, et al. Harpagophytum procumbens suppresses lipopolysaccharide-stimulated expressions of cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase in fibroblast cell line L929. J Pharmacol Sci 2003;93:367-371.
- Kundu JK, Mossanda KS, et al. Inhibitory effects of the extracts of Sutherlandia frutescens (L.) R. Br. and Harpagophytum procumbens DC. on phorbol ester-induced COX-2 expression in mouse skin: AP-1 and CREB as potential upstream targets. Cancer Lett 2005;218:21-31.
- Khayyal MT et al. “Mechanisms involved in the anti-inflammatory effect of a standardized willow bark extract.” Arzneimittelforschung. 55.11 (2005):677-87.
- Schmid B, Ludtke R, et al. Effectiveness and tolerance of standardized willow bark extract in arthritis patients. Randomized, placebo controlled double-blind study, Z Rheumatol. 2000 Oct;59(5):314-20
- Cutolo M, Foppiani L, et al. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis impairment in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and polymyalgia rheumatic. J Endocrinol Invest. 2002;25(10 Suppl):19-23.
- Cutolo M, Sulli A, et al. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical and gonadal functions in rheumatoid arthritis. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 May;992:107-17.
- Proudman SM, James MJ, et al. Fish oil in recent onset rheumatoid arthritis: a randomised, double blind controlled trial within algorithm-based drug use. Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Sept 30.
- Özdemir Ö. Any role for probiotics in the therapy or prevention of autoimmune diseases? Up-to-date review, J Complement Integr Med. 2013 Aug 6;10. pii: /j/jcim.2013.10.issue-1/jcim-2012-0054/jcim-2012-0054.xml. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2012-0054.
- Kong JS1, Yoo SA, et al. Inhibition of synovial hyperplasia, rheumatoid T cell activation, and experimental arthritis in mice by sulforaphane, a naturally occurring isothiocyanate. Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Jan;62(1):159-70. doi: 10.1002/art.25017
Top 5 Teas for Inflammation
5 Best Teas for Inflammation
Tea has been used for thousands of years to reduce the results of inflammation. Green tea and herbal teas have been shown to have all sorts of anti-inflammatory properties. Now modern science and studies are showing the incorporating various teas into your diet will have positive benefits.
What is Inflammation?
If you’ve ever twisted your knee, cut your finger, or been stung by an insect, you have firsthand experience with inflammation. The familiar sensations of pain, redness, swelling, and heat that result from an injury or infection are hallmarks of the inflammatory process. Inflammation represents an essential survival mechanism that helps the body fight off hostile microbes and repair damaged tissue. Yet there is another side of inflammation that can be harmful rather than helpful to human health. There’s evidence that inflammation, promoted in part by such factors as obesity, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle, contributes to a variety of diseases.
There are two forms of inflammation: acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation comes on rapidly, usually within minutes, but is generally short-lived. Many of the mechanisms that spring into action to destroy invading microbes switch gears to cart away dead cells and repair damaged ones. This cycle returns the affected area to a state of balance, and inflammation dissipates within a few hours or days.
Chronic inflammation often begins with the same cellular response, but morphs into a lingering state that persists for months or years when the immune system response fails to eliminate the problem. Alternatively, the inflammation may stay active even after the initial threat has been eliminated. In other cases, low-level inflammation becomes activated even when there is no apparent injury or disease. Unchecked, the immune system prompts white blood cells to attack nearby healthy tissues and organs, setting up a chronic inflammatory process that plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s.
Chronic inflammation is heavily influenced by lifestyle choices, diet and genetic history. Genetics are something we can’t control, but diet and lifestyle are.
Diet factors that promote inflammation
Highly processed foods, such as those that contain refined carbohydrates, trans fats and lots of artificial ingredients .
Processed meats like hot dogs and cold cuts.
There are other diet specifics that are beyond the scope of this article, but need to be customized to the individual. There is no one size fits all standard. For example, certain meats and dairy may aggravate inflammation.
Using green tea to reduce inflammation
As part of good eating habits, drinking tea will provide your body with many different sources of anti-inflammatory compounds. Tea contains anti-oxidants known as polyphenols. Catechins are a class of polyphenols that are found in the highest concentration in green, white and purple tea. Drinking these teas everyday will ensure that you have exposure to these compounds.
When it comes to green tea, loose tea is always preferable over bags. The main reason is that bags will lose their potency quicker than the loose tea. Also, lower quality “low elevation” tea are used in bags. Higher elevation tea not only exposes the tea to more UV rays, which yields more antioxidants, but they are also away from industrial pollution.
Why not just take green tea in capsule form to reduce inflammation?
The major mistake people make with regards to supplements is they do not understand dosing. Green tea when converted into an extract can be toxic and lead to liver failure. This is because the dose is many many times higher than drinking tea. It is a classic example of more is not always better. Therefore drinking tea in moderation will expose your body to a lower, but safer dose .
What other teas besides green tea should I drink for inflammation?
Most herbal tea will also contain anti-inflammatory compounds. As mentioned above, try to limit sweetening your tea. If you are use to sweet tea, gradually lower the sugar content over time. Eventually your taste buds will become used to the tea flavor. In fact, you’ll realize that high sugar content will cover up the true flavor of the tea. See below a list of various teas that we recommend to reduce inflammation.
How much tea should I drink to reduce inflammation?
We’ve evaluated many studies over the years and found that the sweet spot for benefits is 5-6 cups per day. While you can certainly drink more tea, we don’t recommend drinking gallons either. Simply sipping tea throughout the day will basically ensure that all the compounds are always present in your system. Then, drink a cup an hour before evening.
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Green Tea May Help Protect Against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects more than 2.1 million Americans. It is characterized by joint pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes joint destruction. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the standard treatment for RA, but their prolonged use is associated with adverse effects and discomfort. Natural plant alternatives like green tea are being investigated for the management of RA. Green tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and its polyphenols (substances rich in antioxidants) possess anti-inflammatory properties.
NCCAM-funded investigators at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University examined the effects of green tea polyphenols on RA by using an animal model in rats. The animals consumed green tea in their drinking water (controls drank water only) for 1 to 3 weeks before being injected with heat-killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Ra to induce arthritis. The researchers found that green tea significantly reduced the severity of arthritis.
The researchers suggest that green tea affects arthritis by causing changes in various arthritis-related immune responses—it suppresses both cytokine IL-17 (an inflammatory substance) and antibodies to Bhsp65 (a disease-related antigen), and increases cytokine IL-10 (an anti-inflammatory substance). Therefore, they recommend that green tea be further explored as a dietary therapy for use together with conventional treatment for managing RA.
Clients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (as well as your garden variety joint pain) often come to me for help. Rheumatoid arthritis, caused by an overactive immune system, is especially scary, since the medical protocol can be quite intense (such as chemotherapy and other therapies which suppress the immune system). Because of this common medical treatment, I do not suggest any immune-enhancing herbs (such as Echinacea or Goldenseal). Instead, I’m going to recommend herbs to treat inflammation (the true root cause of all disease, in my humble opinion) as well as herbs which cleanse the blood and strengthen the body in general.
Alterative herbs help cleanse metabolic waste products and toxins from our body, and are a staple of herbal medicine. Alteratives work by supporting the natural cleansing functions of the kidneys, large intestines, increase blood flow and aid lymph drainage. Allowing these wastes and toxins to circulate throughout the body is a cause of inflammation and, when the body is attempting to stem inflammation, it’s not able to do much else in order to support our health. Here are a few herbs to help stem inflammation and aid the body in its detoxing efforts. (Note: these herbs are helpful for anyone with illness—not just arthritis or other inflammatory conditions).
1. Burdock Root (Arctium lappa or Arcticum minus):
One of the greatest things you can do for pain, joint or otherwise, is increase your intake of essential fatty acids. Burdock contains fatty oils which (along with its sterols and tannins) contribute to burdock’s reputation as an anti-inflammatory. You can eat burdock root in stir-fries (very popular in Asian cuisine, by the way), make a decoction (To do so: chop 2 tablespoons of fresh burdock root—if you do not have the fresh root available you may use 2 teaspoons of dried root as an alternative. Add the root to the boiling water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat. Strain and drink while still warm—3-4 cups a day is ideal), or take the herb in capsule form (follow dosage directions, but remember, these are for a 150lb adult—calculate the appropriate dose using your own weight).
2. Flax ( Linum usitatissimum):
Flaxseed is one of the best vegan sources of Omega-3 (ALA), which is so important to a strong immune system and for fighting inflammation (the vegan bit is important because animal fats often lead to inflammation in arthritis sufferers). Try to include two tablespoons of flaxseeds or flaxseed oil in your daily diet. Note: do not heat or cook seeds or oil. Also, if you suffer from a digestive condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), use the oil rather than the seeds—they could irritate your condition.
3. Turmeric (Curcuma longa):
Turmeric is an extremely effective anti-inflammatory herb, and thus an effective pain reliever. It contains at least two chemicals (curcumin and curcuminoids) which decrease inflammation (and are very much like the oft-prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs). Incidentally, this anti-inflammatory effect is also why turmeric is often recommended for treatment of cancer, cataracts and Alzheimer’s.
While you can totally add this spice to your daily diet, you will need to take turmeric in supplement form in order to experience the full medicinal benefits. When cooking, try adding black pepper or dried ginger to help activate turmeric. The herb can also be applied topically to relieve pain.
4. Nettles (Urtica dioica):
Yup. If you’ve read my other articles, then you know that nettles is an herb with mad-skills, incredible for pretty much anything. Nettles are insanely good for you, containing protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, along with vitamins A,C, D, and B complex, all in a form that is easy for the body to use.
Stinging nettle is a wicked herb for those with all types of arthritis and gout. Its anti-inflammatory amazing-ness combined with its minerals (boron, calcium, magnesium and silicon) ease pain while helping to build strong bones. While NSAIDs are often a necessary evil for most with arthritis, using nettle may help you to decrease the amount you need to take. (Herbalists’ disclaimer: ALWAYS discuss herbal supplementation and prescription decreases with your physician). Nettle leaf tea (a cup or more daily) relieves and prevents water retention and inflammation and nourishes the kidneys and adrenals.
A side note: many arthritis sufferers have found that striking the inflamed joint with a fresh cutting from a nettle plant helps relieve joint pain (the stinging part of the nettles draws blood to the joint, relieving pain and inflammation). I know this sounds like a nutty treatment, but the brave amongst you can give it a try.
5. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra):
Licorice acts much like your body’s own natural corticosteroids (which reduce inflammation). Licorice decreases free radicals at the site of inflammation and inhibits the enzyme production that’s involved in the inflammatory process. Glycyrrhizin is the component in licorice which blocks and relieves inflammation. It also supports the body’s release of cortisol (which suppresses the immune system, easing the pain and occurrence of arthritis), but it also inhibits some of the side effects of cortisol (such as adrenal fatigue and anxiety). Use in supplement form or as a tea.
Please note: Licorice is not a good remedy for those with blood pressure issues. People who regularly take large amounts of licorice (20 grams/day or more) may experience serious side effects such as headache, high blood pressure, and heart problems. If you already have high blood pressure, heart or kidney disease, or low potassium (hypokalemia), please avoid the herb altogether.
All in all, aside from herbal protocols, the best treatment for arthritis is a diet filled with fresh produce, essential fatty acids, and fiber (and reducing or eliminating foods that cause an inflammatory response such as fried foods, animal fats, dairy, and anything else which might cause an allergy sensitivity). Yoga (especially Yin Yoga) and gentle stretching go a long way toward arthritis prevention and pain relief by opening joints, and encouraging the distribution of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints.
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a joint inflammatory disease, which proinflammatory cytokines and oxidant spices accelerate inflammatory response in patients. Drugs and supplements which can modulate the inflammation can slow the disease progression, and minimize the joints destruction. Anti inflammatory effect of Chamomile on severity of disease was measured by Disease Activity Score (DAS-28) tool in the study. Patients and method: The study was a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind clinical trial. The participants were selected from Tabriz university rheumatology clinic clients. According to rheumatologist diagnosis, 44 patients have the inclusion criteria in this study which fulfilled the American college of rheumatology (ACR-2010) criteria, were included.The patients were randomized in two groups, receiving 6 g/day Chamomile tea as 2 teabags twice a day for 42 days or placebo teabags, containing as similar. DAS-28 as an identified variable was calculated. For this, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was measured before and after the study. Also all the patients were clinically examined, in order to determine the tender joints and swollen joints number. They reported the pain by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Nutrition intake was measured at both times in order to minimize the cofounders. Results: Groups were matched at the beginning in demographic characteristics, such weight height, age and BMI. During the intervention BMI didn’t change, but tender joints number and ESR changed significantly (P=0.000 and P=0.018, respectively). Conclusion: This study showed that Chamomile could decrease the inflammation similar to cell studies before. It can be a complementary treatment for RA patients.
5 herbal teas to treat arthritis pain
Did you know that the humble cup of tea can assist with pain relief for arthritis sufferers?
Alongside your medication, tea can reduce pain and joint stiffness, and has been proven to stop arthritis from getting worse.
Speak to your doctor first as some home remedies can reduce the effectiveness of certain medications.
There are six main teas with anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the swelling that leads to pain. Most are available from your local health food shop, or online.
1. Netleaf tea
Popular in England, the use of the stinging nettle plant has been used for centuries to treat the symptoms of gout and arthritis.
2. Rosehip tea
Loaded with vitamin C, rosehip is well documented as being able to reduce the pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis sufferers.
3. Willow bark tea
A very old-fashioned remedy, willow bark is believed to be similar to aspirin in terms of its anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Ginger tea
This one has it all – it’s an anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, and has analgesic properties too. Available from the health food shop, ginger root just needs to be chopped up and added to hot water.
5. Green tea
More antioxidants here, and it even contains an ingredient (with a very long name) that can stop the body from producing inflammatory chemicals.
Plus, not a fan of the herbal teas? A plain caffeinated black tea can help too. It can relieve the inflammation, which causes pain and further damage to the joints.
Have you added herbal tea to your arthritis treatment plan? Have you noticed any positive benefit?
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the joints on both sides of the body including both hands, wrists, or knees. It could also affect the nerves, skin, eyes, blood, lungs, and heart.
In the United States alone, more than 1 million people are suffering from this type of arthritis. The disorder often occurs in people aged 40 years old and above. The women are more affected by rheumatoid arthritis than men. Its symptoms include joint pain and swelling, stiffness, fever, weight loss, and fatigue, according to WebMD.
Treatments include medications prescribed by your doctor and therapy. Another way to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is to drink teas.
Some teas have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that could reduce the inflammation and relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The following are the best teas for those who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis:
A study indicates that green tea could be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis patients because it contains a compound known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG. In the study, this compound reduced the swelling of the ankles of the mice model with rheumatoid arthritis.
It also has an excellent source of anti-inflammatory properties including catechin and gallate. These are flavonoids that prevent the inflammatory cytokines, produced in rheumatoid arthritis. On the other hand, be reminded that green tea could interact with codeine, acetaminophen, or Tylenol and other drugs.
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Black tea contains an immune-modulatory and anti-inflammatory properties that could significantly reduce the inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. It could also serve as the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, according to a past study. However, black tea is high in caffeine, so you have to drink it moderately.
A 2016 study shows that ginger supplementation could significantly reduce inflammation and the chronic knee pain with arthritis. You could just slice ginger thinly and put it in hot water for about 10 minutes. However, if you are having blood-thinning medications, you must avoid ginger as it is known as a blood thinner, according to Everyday Health.
In 2012, a study suggested that rosehip has phytochemicals, which contain anti-inflammatory properties that could reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The rosehip powder could lessen the pain scores. Be aware also that rosehip could interact with estrogens and antacids.
Why Every Australian should be Drinking Matcha for Health
Are you looking to make a simple change that can help protect your health?
Matcha is the healthiest form of green tea. It is the whole tea leaf which has been ground into a fine powder that dissolves in water to form a delicious tea.
This means that you are drinking the entire tea leaf and therefore are consuming 137 X the antioxidants compared to standard green tea bags. Matcha also tastes delicious- it is not bitter like normal green tea and has a light, smooth and fresh flavour.
We promise you’ll love the taste much more than standard green tea bags. Our matcha is incredibly popular in Australia because our customers can immediately notice the health benefits they are receiving.
What are the health benefits our customers are noticing?
- Increases Energy & Memory
- Helps Reduce and Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms and Inflammation
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- Helps with Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance
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Increases Energy & Memory
Matcha green tea powder increases energy and improves memory because it releases a caffeine into your body slowly unlike coffee. Coffee releases caffeine immediately into your blood stream which causes a huge spike and then a slump in your energy. Matcha however releases caffeine slowly over a period of 4-6 hours which helps you maintain a constant boost in energy. Matcha also has 1/5th the caffeine compared to coffee and will not keep you awake at night.
Additionally, matcha contains the highest concentration of amino acid L-theanine. This amino acid is known to improve memory and also reduce stress and boost your mood. Over 90% of our customers have reported that our matcha significantly increases their energy levels and many have now swapped their coffee for matcha green tea.
Helps Reduce and Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms and Inflammation
A huge number of our customers tell us that drinking our matcha green tea daily has helped reduce their arthritis pain and reduced any inflammation they were experiencing. There is a reason for this! Matcha contains the highest natural levels of the antioxidant EGCG. This antioxidant has been shown in many scientific studies to prevent the build up of many inflammatory chemicals in your body.
As a result, drinking matcha daily will lower your levels of inflammation and provide some much needed relief to help with arthritis pain, or any inflammation pain you are experiencing.
Supports the Immune System
Getting sick is something we all want to avoid. It has a huge impact on our health and stops us from spending time doing the things we love. Matcha strengthens your immune system to help it both prevent any illness or speed up the recovery. Our customers have let us know that since they replaced their normal green tea with matcha they have noticed they no longer fall ill during the flu and cold season.
Why is matcha an immune booster? Because of it’s powerful antioxidants and catechins. Matcha is a powerhouse of antioxidants which has been shown in studies to curb infection and fight off viruses.
Helps with Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance
Matcha green tea powder helps with weight loss and preventing weight gain. Why? Studies have shown that matcha helps in three specific ways:
- Matcha Boosts the Metabolism: This means that your body burns more energy every day. One study showed matcha increased fat burning by 17%!
- Matcha helps reduce hunger cravings: Matcha helps regulate the hormone Leptin which tells your body that you are full.
- Matcha helps limit the fat absorbed from your diet: The amino acids in matcha reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs from the foods you eat. This helps you maintain your ideal weight.
Many of our customers let us know that matcha has helped them lose weight.
Helps Prevent & Fight Parkinson’s and Alzheimers
Drinking matcha daily can help you both protect and delay against the onset Parkinson’s and Alzheimers Disease. Did you know that 32 Australians are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every day? Scientific studies have shown matcha green tea helps in three main ways:
- Helps Cells Regenerate: Parkinson’s is characterized by a loss of neurons in the brain. The antioxidant unique to green tea- EGCG- helps preserve neurons and protect them from dying when stressed.
- Promotes Movement: The polyphenols in matcha green tea promote the flow of dopamine in the brain which helps reduce tremors and rigid muscles thus easing movement.
- Delays Onset: A recent study by Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience showed that people who drank more than three cups a day of green tea (or just one serve of matcha) actually delayed the onset of Parkinson’s by seven years.
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