Doctors said that lab research has linked nutrients to lower inflammation, but that human studies are few. In one study, researchers reviewed the diets of 9,947 adults to test for links between nutritional supplements and inflammation. There were three nutrients that appeared to lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a factor in heart disease. People who regularly used fish oil, glucosamine, or chondroitin supplements had 16 percent, 17 percent, and 22 percent lower levels of CRP, respectively, which doctors said were similar to the effects from taking statin drugs.
In discussing their findings, doctors said these three nutrients have excellent safety profiles and may effectively help reduce the many ailments such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases that are linked to chronic inflammation.