Inflammation is crucial to our body’s ability to maintain and repair itself, however, it is a double-edged sword. If inflammation becomes too aggressive the process of healing is extended, and some degradation of the structural elements may occur. The standard protocol for working with musculoskeletal inflammation due to an injury like a strain or sprain is heat and cold. Heat increases vascularization and metabolic processes, ramping up the healing process. Cold decreases vascularization, keeping the inflammatory repair processes in check. Cycling between the two, usually in 15-minute increments, is widely used in injury recovery.

Astaxanthin is a highly recommend anti-inflammatory from green algae. It suppresses the inflammatory process which can greatly improve recovery from injury. Injury may be normal wear and tear from a workout or manual labor. This writer’s experience is that it is very fast-acting and that joint pain from the manual work he does is greatly diminished within 15 minutes. He finds this supplement to be very protective of his joints and would not be able to work at the level that he does without it. There are many brands of this supplement available. This writer uses this brand, but is not able to recommend it over another:

This writer strongly recommends that you do not use this as a daily supplement, but rather as a response to experiencing muscle or joint pain. There is some information out there that long term daily use has negative health effects. This makes sense as inflammation is a necessary regulatory process and chronic suppression of inflammation would have negative effects.

This book is the one this writer has read on this subject. Looking online he finds that there are other good looking books available.