1. What causes inflammation in the body?

The causes include irritants like;

  • Radiation or chemicals
  • Pathogens; viruses, fungi, or bacteria
  • Foreign objects in the body like thorns or physical injuries.

But chronic inflammation may be caused by poor lifestyle habits, including irregular sleep patterns, no exercise, and smoking. A poor diet can also cause long-term inflammation.

 2. Why might you want to lower inflammation? And how can supplements help with that?

If inflammation is unchecked, it can lead to chronic illnesses, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. You can reduce inflammation using supplements, which help by;

  • Easing pain
  • Improving general symptoms
  • Reducing disease flare-ups

3. What are some signs you might have too much inflammation?

They include;

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Ineffective function, including poor smell, loss of movement, or breathing issues.
  • Heat

4. Who might benefit most from adding an anti-inflammatory supplement?

People with illnesses, such as;

  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune disorders like psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

5. Please share a supplement that’s known to help with inflammation. Briefly explain what it is, how it works in the body to lower inflammation, the recommended dosage, and any potential side effects.

I recommend the following;

CBD oil

CBD is naturally extracted from hemp plants. When ingested, it stimulates the endocannabinoid system to release similar cannabinoids to what the hemp produces, helping control various body reactions, including mood, sleep, and anxiety.


Curcumin is obtained from turmeric. It contains anti-inflammatory features that fight chronic diseases, including cancer. But I usually advise my clients to consume it alongside piperine; found in pepper, for maximum absorption.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

MS, University of Tartu
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Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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