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I Found The Best…A Nutritionist Coach’s Perspective

As a Venice Nutritionist Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Movement and Corrective Exercise Specialist, I also specialize in finding and recommending the best for my clients—whether it’s through personal training or advising on nutrition.

From the ingredient list to the application of the supplement, the all-natural, FDA-approved approach to Fully Human’s Freedom has my confidence in bringing out the benefits of inflammation reduction and control.

With Cayenne and Turmeric leading the fight on inflammation, these two powerful, active ingredients both have anti-inflammatory properties that have been studied to reduce inflammation throughout the body and alleviate pain.

Centered with antioxidants as its main ingredient, cayenne has been used throughout history as a natural form of medicine for even some of the most acute pain.

And if Cayenne is the star, I think Turmeric has the supporting role that just as equally stole the show. This anti-inflammatory herb is great for workout-related pain. Curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric, fights the negative effects of free radicals.

Black pepper also spices up your inflammation system. Since it contains piperine, this can help with more acute inflammation and can clear up your system using its antibacterial properties.

Side-note: As I did find the pills to be quite big in size, I would recommend perhaps cutting them in half for those who don‘t feel comfortable with it. That way, you can get all the benefits of the long-list of all-natural ingredients without missing out on any of them—especially: cayenne and turmeric.


If you’re looking for an all-natural supplement that can help support a healthy lifestyle, the Freedom supplement by Fully Human has my support in being an FDA-approved addition to your daily regimen.

I would recommend speaking to your doctor directly about your medical history before implementing any supplement into your routine.

About Me

Hortencia Rodrigues is an ACE and NASM-certified personal trainer with a passion for helping others. She also is a Venice Nutritionist Coach, certified Personal Trainer, and Movement and Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Freedom…A Dietitian Review

After reviewing the scientific evidence for the ingredients of Freedom, I feel confident as a Registered Dietitian to recommend this high quality and evidence-based supplement with confidence. This supplement is a powerful combination of natural herbs and spices that offer anti-inflammatory benefits. For those struggling with osteoarthritis and chronic inflammation, the ingredients in this supplement play a huge role in reducing inflammation and support symptom improvement associated with these conditions.


Fully Human only used FDA approved ingredients. Because of that I feel comfortable I am recommending a safe supplement to my clients. Here are the notable (and most important to me as a dietitian!) FDA-approved herbs and spices in Freedom that play a role in reducing inflammation:


Extensive research is emerging surrounding cinnamon and its anti-inflammatory properties. Freedom contains Ceylon, also known as “true cinnamon,” due to its recognition as the highest quality form of Cinnamon. Most food products and spice racks contain the “Cassia” form of cinnamon, which doesn’t tout as many anti-inflammatory benefits. Ceylon cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial effects. Thus, it’s important to look for this form in a supplement and not just regular cinnamon.

One study found that consumption of 500 mg Ceylon cinnamon daily for 12 weeks showed a 14% reduction in oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is very harmful to the body. It can lead to fatigue, weakness, muscle and joint pain, aging, and increased risk of infections.

Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw contains iridoid glycosides, a class of compounds that protect against inflammation. Used for many centuries in traditional medicine, this South African plant shows promising results for improving lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knees. One notable study in mice found that the iridoids glycosides in Devil’s Claw suppressed cytokine production– one of the main causes of inflammation in the body.

Ginger Root

Ginger contains compounds that react very similarly to COX-2 inhibitors, commonly known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), used to reduce inflammation in the body. One study found significant improvement of osteoarthritis in the knee when patients consumed a high-quality ginger extract for six weeks.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, has anti-inflammatory properties that may alleviate pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. While most research supports the topical application of capsaicin, several studies have promoted additional benefits with ingestion. Initial studies propose that the ingestion of capsaicin can promote systemic (i.e. the whole body) anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects to alleviate symptoms of chronic arthritis.


An extract from the pineapple plant, bromelain is often used as an alternative to NSAIDs for individuals experiencing chronic pain. A review of clinical studies found strong potential for at least 160 mg daily bromelain treating osteoarthritis. Furthermore, bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties may help to relieve joint stiffness.

Turmeric + Black Pepper

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the bloodstream- but when combined with piperine found in black pepper (another main ingredient of Freedom nutritional supplement), its absorption is enhanced by over 2000%!


The Freedom supplement can be a helpful addition to your overall health routine and provides numerous anti-inflammatory benefits. If you’re suffering osteoarthritis, chronic inflammation, or other daily pains, consider Freedom. As a dietitian I think it could help you optimize your current health routine. Talk to your doctor before adding any supplement to make sure you have no conditions and are not taking any medications that may interact with these ingredients.

About Me

Maggy Doherty is a Registered Dietitian and owner of her own nutrition private practice, Doherty Nutrition. As a UCLA student-athlete on the Women’s Diving team, she learned how to use food to take her health and performance to the next level. She earned her Master of Science in Nutrition at the University of Illinois and has practiced as a clinical dietitian at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital.


Synergy is when 1+1 = 3

Synergy…Not Just A Fancy Word

Synergy is the idea that 1+1 = more than 2 (the sum is greater than its parts). This concept is fundamental to herbal medicine, where it is necessary to combine different herbs to enhance their overall action. At Fully Human, we believe anti-inflammation synergy is achieved through a blend of lifestyle, diet, exercise, and supplementation.

A Brief Note on Synergy

Synergy can be seen throughout the plant and animal kingdoms in both simple and profound ways. Consider the bees and the flowers: bees sip nectar from flowers that gets turned into honey, used as their food, and the flowers are in turn pollinated by the bees. On the African savannahs, oxpecker (turns out there are more kinds of peckers than just wood) birds hitch a ride on the backs of rhinoceroses, which provides parasitic control for the ungulate partner and a food source for the avian one. It is mutualism at its best.

And speaking of digestion, synergy even exists in the food we eat. Many phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables, such as the carotenoids that give yellow and red produce their vibrant color, are better absorbed when consumed with some dietary fat. Adding vitamin C helps the absorption of plant-based iron in foods like spinach or chickpeas. (Here’s a neat blog with more info on food synergies.)

In short, we are all in this together; no (wo)man is an island. The effects of synergy across society, throughout history and up and down the food chain are measurable and quantifiable.

Fully Synergistic

Our first supplement, Freedom, was created with the primary goal of lowering inflammation levels in the body by shutting off inflammatory mediators throughout the body. We did this by formulating a blend of herbs to boost the healing potential through herbal synergy. Our formula contains the following synergistic ingredients:

  • Cinnamon: helps moderate blood sugar, giving your body a boost in fighting inflammation, and supplying vital micro-antioxidants to your body.
  • Bromelain: a protein enzyme mixture found in pineapples is a mild pain reliever and is a natural extended-release anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Turmeric: a powerful antioxidant that helps your body end the negative effects of free radicals
  • Devil’s Claw Root: an aggressive cytokine suppression agent, with mild pain-relieving effects.
  • Boswellia Serrata: blocks the production of inflammatory molecules that attack joints, and may help reduce cartilage damage from arthritis.
  • Ginger Root: benefits digestive health and improves circulation, helping optimize the absorption of other herbs in this formula, while also providing a quick boost of arthritis-fighting antioxidants.
  • White Willow: soothing aromatic tree bark used for reducing stress and inflammation, also acts as a mild pain reliever.
  • Cayenne: fast-acting, mild pain reliever, and stimulates enzyme production in the stomach, helping to optimize the absorption of other herbs in this formula.
  • Black Pepper: helps the other herbs in the formula absorb deeper into cell membranes, boosting the other benefits.

Ultimately, we believe there is no cure-all for inflammation, instead there is a full suite of tools that when combined, create results far exceeding the sum of their parts.

Potent Alternative To Prescriptions

Inflammation is a scourge in modern life.  Propelled by many factors in the modern lifestyle, millions of people are suffering from chronic inflammatory disorders.  Ranging from mild to life threatening at times, millions have also become overly dependent on harsh pain meds and anti-inflammatories, which themselves come with a litany of potential risks and side effects.

The botanical medicine world thankfully is rich in a number of well researched, natural plant extracts that can be potent, safer and effective alternatives to traditional prescriptives.  Freedom is a formula that includes some of the best and well-studied nutraceuticals to counter inflammatory processes from multiple angles.

Featuring dosages ACTUALLY used in clinical studies showing clinical benefits in diverse subjects, it stands out in the comprehensiveness of its formulation.  Additionally, like any higher caliber supplement, it has been independently evaluated by a third-party-lab for potency and purity and passes with flying colors.

This formula will work best when combined with good dietary and lifestyle changes and thus for any motivated person who is looking for a more natural approach to quelling inflammation, I’d suggest having Freedom at the top of your list of considerations.

Dr Eric Wood, ND
Professor of Integrative and Functional Medicine & Holistic Nutrition
John Patrick University & Hawthorn University

A Health and Wellness Coach’s View of Freedom

Freedom is an all-natural, anti-inflammatory nutritional supplement consisting of eight powerful herbs proven to significantly reduce chronic inflammation and assist with pain management in the body from arthritis to inflammation and joint wear and tear.

I am confident in the clinical research I have seen that Freedom provides a safe dosage of the highest quality natural ingredients from a potent blend of herbal extracts.


Here’s a look at these eight medicinal herbs:

Cinnamon: The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects and are particularly high in the compound, cinnamaldehyde, which scientists believe is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health. Research shows that cinnamon is equal to turmeric in reducing inflammation.

Bromelain: A natural substance derived from pineapples with positive effects on multiple health conditions, including burns, osteoarthritis, and cancer. As a protein enzyme, it is much easier for absorption into the body when compared to other herbal compounds. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties make it an effective treatment for soft-tissue swelling and joint stiffness.

Turmeric: Known as the golden spice, turmeric’s active components, curcuminoids, are powerful antioxidants. Evidence suggests it is effective at reducing many forms of inflammation, including: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, allergies and workout-related pain.

Devil’s Claw: The fruit of devil’s claw is used in herbal medicine to reduce inflammation. It improves mobility and pain relief in a variety of conditions as effectively as taking a double dose of aspirin. Evidence suggests that it may be a safer alternative treatment for inflammatory conditions like arthritis of the knee and hip and low back pain.

Boswellia Serrata: Boswellia Serrata extract (BSE) when given to patients three times a day, significantly reduced pain and stiffness while improving their joints. It has also shown a reduction in bone spurs, and an increase in joint space.

Ginger: Widely used as an effective treatment in nausea and vomiting, ginger is also used as an anti-inflammatory. The compounds, gingerol and zingerone are ginger’s primary active elements. The two compounds together reduce many forms of inflammation, from colitis to kidney damage to diabetes and cancer.

White Willow: The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical like aspirin and can be used as an alternative to aspirin. In combination with the herb’s powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds, salicin is  responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. The high potency of white willow translates to faster absorption into the bloodstream giving you rapid relief.

Cayenne Pepper: Aids the body in fighting inflammation. Cayenne contains a substance known as capsaicin. It triggers a biochemical reaction that is both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory. Oral capsaicin provides pain relief for various types of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


To find out whether Freedom is suitable for you, it is advised that you consult with your physician first.

Joanne Rose, Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Maui Wellness Coach