Inflammation is part of the human body’s natural healing response. In acute situations, such as bone or muscle injury, inflammation is useful and the first stage of the healing process.
Chronic inflammation exists when the body is inappropriately stimulated to produce inflammation in order to heal. This stimulation can be initiated through poor diet, high stress levels, inadequate or poor quality sleep, many pharmaceutical medications and exposure to environmental toxins.
By reducing chronic inflammation you are giving your body the best chance to heal and regain health. Some conditions may never heal entirely, though reducing chronic inflammation will help to reduce symptoms and severity of all illnesses that relate to inflammation. The reduction of inflammation will also allow medications to work more effectively and a reduction in dose may be possible.
Supplements that may help to reduce inflammation within the body:
TURMERIC, NATURE’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Ethical Nutrient’s Pain Relief Triple Strentgh is fantastic at helping relieve acute pain and it is also useful to help dampen long term, chronic inflammation. The combination of patented BCM-95 Turmeric, for a more absorbable form of curcumin, and Boswellia for its pain relieving properties, help to naturally reduce inflammation and provide protection to the Liver from free radical damage associated with inflammation.
FISH OIL IS GREAT FOR YOUR HEART
There are numerous studies examing the positive effects of good quality fish oil on the cardiovascular system. One recent study undertaken by the School of Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital Unit, University of Western Australia and the Cardiovascular Research Centre, Perth concluded:
1‘There is considerable evidence that EPA and DHA are protective against cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), particularly in individuals with pre-existing disease. Omega 3 Fatty acids benefit multiple risk factors including blood pressure, blood vessel function, heart function and blood lipids, and they have antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative actions. Omega 3 Fatty acids do not adversely interact with medications. Supplementation with Omega 3 fatty acids is recommended in individuals with elevated blood triglyceride levels and patients with coronary heart disease.’’
Inflammation plays a major role in the ageing of our cells and it appears that resveratrol may play an important role in reducing this inflammation.
Resveratrol is a polyphenol phytoalexin which can be found in red wine, grapes, many berries, dark chocolate and peanuts. Resveratrol’s properties are being studied extensively for its ability to slow down many conditions associated with ageing including alzheimers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
One such study found:
2.’It appears that resveratrol can induce the expression of several longevity genes including Sirt1, Sirt3, Sirt4, FoxO1, Foxo3a and PBEF and prevent ageing-related decline in cardiovascular function including cholesterol level and inflammatory response’.
ADD A GREEN DRINK TO YOUR DAY
Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Green drink may help to alkalise the body and promote beneficial gut bacteria. Both of these actions help to promote a reduction in inflammation. Using this supplement daily may help reduce skin conditions, improve various digestive concerns and improve hormonal balance.
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