What is the Best Natural Anti-Inflammatory? Here’s a Remedy that Works

by | Jan 20, 2016 | Wellbeing | 8 comments

What is the Best Natural Anti-InflammatoryWondering what Is the best natural anti-Inflammatory for your painful, inflamed joints?

There’s a lot you can do, but this simple remedy works a treat.

How I Came to Need a Natural Anti-Inflammatory

I wasn’t the sporties of teenagers, though I did, for a short while, join the high school cross-country team.

The name implies that we were hurtling across hill and dale, when in fact we were jogging around the neighbourhood.

Some of us at a glacial pace.

My knees would hurt sometimes when I ran, but since the term ‘anti-inflammatory’ hadn’t yet reached the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, my parents put it down to growing pains and moved on.

The pain disappeared when I went to college, right around the time I hung up my running shoes. Sometime in my early twenties the desire to run returned and yet again I found myself plagued by achey joints.

So much for growing pains.

In Which My Knees Are Sliced Open

What is the Best Natural Anti-Inflammatory

I had yet to cotton onto the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle, so rather than look for a non-invasive solution, I headed straight to my GP who sent me to an orthopaedic surgeon who had me on the operating table faster than I can eat a chocolate.

It wasn’t one of my best decisions. My knees never quite recovered from the shock of being sliced open by a scalpel-wielding maniac. For years they complained bitterly whenever I did anything more than a slow trundle.

In my pre-vegan days I’d toss back chondroitin supplements like peanuts. After transitioning to a plant-based diet I learnt that most of them contain shark cartilage and stopped using them.

I can’t even remember now if they worked or not, but as soon I found out what their key ingredient was I went on the hunt for a natural anti-inflammatory remedy.

Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Anti-Inflammatory foods

There are plenty of foods that are anti-inflammatory. This list from Elly at VegeVega highlights the Top 10.

  1. Berries
  2. Broccoli
  3. Avocadoes
  4. Green tea
  5. Peppers
  6. Mushrooms
  7. Grapes
  8. Olive oil
  9. Dark chocolate
  10. Tomatoes

Be sure to click through to Elly’s article to learn more about what causes inflamtion in the first place as well as why some foods are better for you than others.

It’s a super interesting read.

I’ve seen a significant improvement in my overall health since eating more plants and less junk. I absolutely believe that food is medicine, but sometimes a more direct fix is required in addition to improving one’s diet

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. —Hippocrates

What is the Best Natural Anti-Inflammatory?

I came across this juicy tip from Dr Mike Dow, author of The Brain Fog Fix. If you’re looking to reclaim your focus, memory, and joy and want to do so in just three weeks. then this is the book for you.

I have yet to read it, but if Mike’s anti-inflammatory fix is anything to go by, I think there’s an excellent chance it will more than deliver on its promises.

Dr Mike Dow’s Anti-Inflammatory Fix

I hope you’ve got your pen and paper handy, because this is one complicated recipe…

½ Teaspoon turmeric powder
½ Teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix both in a small amount of water and drink.

Mike says to do this once a day, but I did it morning and evening because my knees were pretty painful at the time.

The Results (So Far)

stretching without joint pain

When I first tried this remedy in 2016 I noticed a phenomenal improvement after just two weeks. My runs were amazing and I had almost no pain.

When I did a quad stretch on on my right leg (historically, the worse one). I was able to pull my heel all the way to my butt without any discomfort.

Fast forward to 2021, my knees are better than ever. I eventually stopped taking Dr Mike’s anti-inflammatory remedy, so I can only imagine the reason for my mostly pain-free knees is my diet.

Sporty and I eat a plant-based, whole food diet most of time, deviating ocassionally to indulge in Beyond burgers and Fry’s big fry boerewors.

However, I’ve noticed some joint pain in my hands when I wake up, so I decided to break out the turmeric and black pepper and see what happens. I’m planning to try it morning and night for two weeks.

I’ll update the post with my fndings. In the meantime, if you suffer from arthritis or inflammation of the joints for whatever reason, I highly recommend you try this.

It’s cheap, uncomplicated and honestly, it doesn’t taste nearly as bad as you might think. Best of all, no sharks are harmed in the process.

Let me know in the comments if you give it a go, I’d love to hear what you think and whether you have any success with it.

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  1. Theresa Stolk

    Wonderful. I believe in natural cures, as I am convinced we have everything we need in plants, herbs, and nature to cure us. I am definitely going to use your recipe, and happy you found relief, especially if it allows you to find your joy in running again. Keep believing, and be positive, as the law of attraction does favour the believers. Such a simple recipe with such great benefits!

    I have been lucky there, in the health department, at 64 I have always enjoyed great health, refusing to give in to aches and pains, as I realised early in life, you are what you eat. Everything in moderation, and less is more. I also refuse to take medication, trying the natural route first, and no doctor is going to cut on my body if I can help it. The one who tried, and told me that I needed to be ‘sterilised’ as I had a double womb that was prone to miscarriages and would never have another child, I proved wrong by going on to have two more! Another told me my eldest had leukemia, so took her for blood tests and proved him wrong. She just needed vitamins and a proper diet. I dislike doctors who see patients as numbers, and dollars signs, so have sympathy with you for the ops you had. You have to forgive your younger self, as we all do for doing things we could have prevented then (no internet, no information then) But hey, you’re here, you’re alive to tell the tale, so be happy, and wiser, and active doing what you love. I am always looking for ways to make life simpler, and like you I am frugal. Just upset that I cannot enjoy chocolate, like I used to, my system rebels at eating chocolate after 8 at night. But that could be a combination of the tea I drank afterwards. Keep sending your great tips, as they do help.
    Cheers to your good health!

    • Ang

      Hi Theresa. Thanks for your kind words and wise observations! I’m also super excited to know we have a sixty-something reader. Our oldest reader, at least that we know of, is 71. Pretty cool eh?! Do let us know how the remedy works for you if you take it (it’s apparently supposed to help brain fog too). I’m not sure what chocolate you eat, but swapping milk for dark is always a good idea. 😉

      • Linda Purviance

        I don’t know how I missed this post but I just read it and will be going to the market today to buy some turmeric. Thanks for the tip, I’ll let you know how it we works for me. And BTW, I’m 64 too! Your blog is interesting & informative no matter what your age. ❤

        • Ang

          Hi Linda

          This fix is pretty amazing. Make sure you use organic turmeric and the black pepper is also key, because it helps the body absorb the turmeric. Let me know how is goes!

          I’m having a blonde moment. Why the reference to 64? I’m glad you find the blog interesting and informative, hearing that makes all the behind the scenes stuff so worth it! Thank you. 🙂

    • Ang

      Hi AJ, I’m super excited to hear that you’re trying this on your chicken. The reason for the black pepper is that it apparently helps our bodies absorb the turmeric. I’m not sure if this is the same for animals, but I reckon turmeric has so many good qualities it can’t harm to try. Please let us know how it goes! 🙂

    • Ang

      Yay! Let us know how it goes Becca. 🙂


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