The body itself has both inflammatory components and a whole range of anti-inflammatory mechanisms. It needs them because, if you cut yourself, inflammation at the site of the cut is part of the healing potential. Inflammation occurs in order to heal that area but after a while that inflammatory process has to be stopped. Inflammation has to be controlled. So, natural anti-inflammatory agents work to support the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory processes. For example, a natural product like curcumin is not used to block a biochemical process, but to enhance the body’s way of dealing with inflammation. So, they’re not working in a toxic kind of way, they’re working in a supportive way.
So, when I say natural products, I’m thinking, ‘How do I support health?’ Well, to support health, I need what the body uses to support health. There’s no deficiency of a drug in the body, but there are deficiencies of natural products: vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, all of these are used by the body to combat inflammation. If you look at the liver detox processes, phase 1 and phase 2: phase 1 needs nutrients, and phase 2 needs nutrients in order for the liver to function properly. So what the body needs is nutrients, readily available in all the foods we eat.