Inflammation: The Foundation for Health Disorders

Inflammation can be, in a sense, a good thing for the body. Redness, swelling, pain and limited range of motion are important defense mechanisms that play a major role in the healing process.

All of these things are true, but newer and rapidly accumulating evidence now indicates that when inflammation continues for too long or is too intense, it can be very destructive, and even result in many disorders.

It turns out that two processes play a major role in inflammation: the immune system and the prostaglandin system. They interact with each other and either enhance inflammation or reduce it.

The cumulative toxic burden on the body – viruses, stress, heavy metals, bacteria, chemicals, plastics, pesticides, fluoride, etc. – along with injury and/or heredity, can trigger an IL-4 or IL-6 autoimmune response that sends out cytokines and auto-antibodies that are meant to use inflammation against these toxins to speed recovery or drive them out of the body.
   

Inflammation can be, in a sense, a good thing for the body. Redness, swelling, pain and limited range of motion are important defense mechanisms that play a major role in the healing process.

All of these things are true, but newer and rapidly accumulating evidence now indicates that when inflammation continues for too long or is too intense, it can be very destructive, and even result in many disorders.

It turns out that two processes play a major role in inflammation: the immune system and the prostaglandin system. They interact with each other and either enhance inflammation or reduce it.

The cumulative toxic burden on the body – viruses, stress, heavy metals, bacteria, chemicals, plastics, pesticides, fluoride, etc. – along with injury and/or heredity, can trigger an IL-4 or IL-6 autoimmune response that sends out cytokines and auto-antibodies that are meant to use inflammation against these toxins to speed recovery or drive them out of the body.

The immune system gets stuck in this inflammation mode when cellular communication breaks down and the immune system can no longer differentiate between diseased and healthy tissue. Then these weapons of inflammation get directed towards healthy tissue.

In the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the joints are inflamed; in Fibromyalgia and Lupus, the connective tissue is inflamed; in Myasthenia Gravis, the neuromuscular junctions are attacked; in Interstitial Cystitis, the bladder lining is inflamed. And so on and so forth.

One characteristic of inflammation is the high level of free radicals, mostly generated by the immune system, that are released into the tissues and blood.

Studies have shown that low magnesium levels greatly increase inflammation, pain, and free radical damage. Correcting the deficiency can reverse inflammation and protect against damage from heart disease and kidney problems.

Scientists have also discovered that, as we age, we become more inflamed. Inflammation is a natural process caused by the aging of our immune system, the system normally designed to prevent it.

In many studies that looked at inflammation markers, the main benefit of any treatment was directly related to reducing inflammation.

The typical Western diet, high in Omega 6 fatty acids, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and low in fruits and vegetables, strongly promotes inflammation.
Diets high in red meat content are another problem.

The problem is not the saturated fats but rather the high iron content. Iron acts as a catalyst for free radical production as it oxidizes antioxidants in food and supplements. This, of course, increases inflammation.

The most powerful anti-inflammatory foods include vegetables, fruits and omega-3 oils.

A number of supplements (as listed below), including an assortment of vitamins and minerals, can reduce inflammation, especially when taken together.


Recommended Supplements to Help Reduce Inflammation

1. Organic Turmeric
A great number of studies have shown this East Indian spice to be as powerful an anti-inflammatory as any prescription drug, but doesn’t have any nasty side effects.

2. Quercetin
This is a flavonoid found in a number of fruits and vegetables. Like turmeric, it possesses powerful anti-inflammatory powers, but operates through a different mechanism. This is why using turmeric and quercetin together is even more effective.

3. Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil has the highest percentage of omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory) of any other type of fish oil on the market.


4. Magnesium
Powdered magnesium citrate (citrate being one of the most absorbable transport molecules) thins the blood and reverses all inflammatory conditions. You need a magnesium powder that provides superior magnesium absorption.

5. Vitamin E
Look for a natural mixed tocopherol formula (only gamma tocopherol has anti-inflammatory properties). The other tocopherols are powerful antioxidants. Be sure the vitamin E is devoid of all fillers or additives.

6. Serrapeptase

A proteolytic enzyme found in the intestine of the silkworm. This is the enzyme responsible for digesting the cocoon. It digests non-living proteins that surround inflammation – that’s why it is so effective.


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