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4 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements The Clean Plates Team Actually Takes

The Clean Plates Staff
October 11, 2021

If you’ve been struggling with inflammation, you might be on the hunt for a supplement to help you out — but there are so many ads out there and so many paid reviews, it can be hard to figure out what might work for you and what to trust. Here are our team’s unbiased, unpaid, well-researched, 100% genuine recommendations for the anti-inflammatory supplements we actually take on a daily basis.

Ora “You’re Golden” Organic Turmeric + Black Pepper

I have a super-fun disorder called interstitial cystitis (IC), which is a chronic inflammatory condition. Basically, this means I feel like I have a low-level UTI going on at all times, which is just as delightful to live with as it sounds like it would be. To keep flare-ups at bay, I’ve learned to manage IC in a few ways: eating a low-acid diet, staying hydrated, and taking a couple of potent anti-inflammatory supplements. This turmeric pill is one of my favorites — the curcumin in turmeric is an exceptional anti-inflammatory agent, and just this year, a study came out indicating that it can specifically treat IC. I’ve been taking this every morning for about six months now, and it’s been a game-changer for me.
— Jess Novak, Head of Content and Audience Development

Pure Encapsulations Liposomal Glutathione

Glutathione was first recommended to me after a routine blood work panel revealed positive ANA levels, or an autoimmune reaction — it’s a fancy way of saying my immune system was attacking itself. To keep things from developing into a full-blown autoimmune disorder, my MD put me on glutathione: specifically, this super bio-available version. It’s liposomal, meaning it’s specifically engineered for easy absorption and maximum effectiveness. And because glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that’s been shown to help the body’s natural defense systems, taking it daily has helped strengthen my immune system and keep my body’s inflammatory responses in check. What that translates to is experiencing less inflammatory symptoms (such as joint pain and fatigue) on a day-to-day basis, which is why I’ll never give it up.
— Lauren Rubin, Email Marketing Manager

Kiva Triple Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil

This is my favorite fish oil. It doesn’t taste fishy (yep, including when you burp), and it is seriously safe: every batch is third-party tested for heavy metals and other toxins. I’m taking it because fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, and have been shown to help manage inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. I’ve been pretty consistently taking it for about six weeks, and I’ve experienced fewer flare-ups in that time than usual.
— Jess Novak, Head of Content and Audience Development

Youtheory Turmeric 

I take this powerful anti-inflammatory supplement every morning, and I choose the Youtheory turmeric because it also contains both black pepper and olive leaf extract. Here’s the thing: piperine, a component of black pepper, has been shown in studies to increase the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%, which means it helps your body absorb considerably more of turmeric’s important anti-inflammatory properties than turmeric on its own. Then add to that olive leaf extract, which is another potent anti-inflammatory agent, and you have an anti-inflammatory powerhouse.
— Jared Koch, Founder and CEO

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