There is a word that has become rather trendy in the health space that you have probably heard countless times...
As much as I do my best to stay away from fads and trends, this word should continue to receive as much attention as it has.
A majority of the nagging health ailments many people suffer from today can be attributed back to increased inflammation in the body. This makes our jobs of keeping ourselves healthy rather simple... decrease inflammation in the body as much as possible.
But simple doesn't necessarily mean easy.
Two supplements I have been recommending for almost my entire career as a nutritionist have been Omega-3s and Turmeric, both of which are absolutely incredible for lowering nagging inflammation in the body.
But with those recommendations has come the question...
"Isabel, what's the biggest difference between Omega-3s and Turmeric, and which one should I take?"
Let's first take a quick look at each one individually.
Fish oil, the best source for quality Omega-3 fatty acids your body can use, contains Omega-3s, specifically DHA and EPA, which our bodies cannot make on their own. These fatty acids are critical for the optimum function of our brains, hearts, muscles, and joints (just to name a few), and it's vitally important that we get them from either food or supplementation.
Because the majority of people today are not getting enough foods like salmon, sardines, and anchovies in their diets (and honestly, it would really be hard to), supplementation is highly recommended.
Turmeric, on the other hand, contains curcumin, which has the power to decrease inflammation and pain in the body just as much as over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Motrin. It accomplishes this by several mechanisms, including the COX-2 pathway blocked by NSAIDs.
That is amazing news for people who find themselves dependent on these anti-inflammatory drugs just to function well throughout the day. If you can accomplish the same pain relief with something natural that is also providing your body with other incredible benefits, that will always be a better choice than a drug that also comes with dangerous side effects (stomach ulcers and other serious gastrointestinal issues).
With both Omega-3s and Turmeric having such incredible benefits, it most definitely would be difficult to decide between the two.
My first recommendation is to take both if possible. I always lean on the side of fewer supplements, but these two are an important part of any anti-inflammatory protocol. It has also been shown that Turmeric has the power to enhance the benefits of Omega-3, which is another great reason to take them together.
But if that is not possible for you right now, I completely understand.
If I had to help you choose just one, here are the questions I would ask...
Do you have a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides? Or are you suffering from any of these conditions yourself? -> Go with Omega-3s
Do you have a family history of diabetes or other blood sugar related illnesses? Or are you suffering from of these yourself right now? -> Go with Omega-3s
Do you suffer from joint pain, arthritis, or muscular pain often? -> Go with Turmeric
Do you suffer from consistent digestive issues like bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea? -> Go with Turmeric
Do you have a history of Alzheimer's or dementia in your family? -> Do your absolute best to take both.
So the answer to which one you should take is highly dependent on your current situation.
Remember that I have done all the hard work for you and sourced the absolute best Omega-3 and Turmeric supplements without any of the dangerous fillers and additives that can be found in most other brands. They are also both priced way below the amount many other companies would charge for supplements of this quality.