Inflammation, the body’s response meant to heal, can often be hazardous to health. Chronic inflammation causes heart attacks, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, high cholesterol, skin diseases and even cancer.
Excessive stress, poor diet that lacks vitamins and minerals, not drinking enough clean water, lack of sleep, environmental toxicity and lack of exercise all contribute to levels of chronic inflammation that often go undetected for many years until disease finally emerges.
What foods are pro-inflammatory (cause inflammation)?
Unhealthy fats promote inflammation. Most people eating a Western diet high in processed food or fast food and also consume a lot of omega-6 fats (found in corn, sunflower, and peanut oil). This creates imbalance between the Omega-3 and Omega-6 that promotes inflammation.
Refined carbohydrates are pro-inflammatory. Refined flour, sugar and foods high on the Glycemic Index exacerbate inflammatory conditions. These foods elevate insulin and glucose levels, which raise levels of pro-inflammatory messengers.
Trans fat cause inflammation. Cookies, crackers, cakes, peanut butter, margarine, and many other common processed foods that make use of hydrogenated vegetable oils or partially hydrogenated oil (trans fat) that may contribute to inflammation.
Food sensitivities also contribute to inflammation. In some people, certain foods set off immune system alarm bells that can create inflammation throughout the body. The most common culprits are wheat, dairy, soy and citrus products.
The anti-inflammatory supplements that help reduce chronic inflammation
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Found most abundantly in fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids which contains both DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) helps to lower triglycerides and reduces your risk for heart disease, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and lowers blood pressure.
Note that excessive omega-6 fatty acids, found in corn and sunflower oil, can lead to inflammation. In short, Omega-3 curbs inflammation while omega-6 lead to inflammation.
Supplement: Forever Arctic Sea contains Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation process that lead to many diseases.
2. Liquid Antioxidants
Fruit juices such as berries are rich in flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants. Drinking fruit juices with a high-fat or high-carbohydrate meal can actually neutralize the inflammatory stress generated by the unhealthy meal and help prevent blood vessel damage.
Supplement: Pomesteen Power contains 7 types of high antioxidant fruits at the top of the ORAC value list, which help to protect our body cells by reducing free radical damage.
3. Aloe Vera
On a daily basis, it is important to take fruits and vegetables that contains phytonutrients that are protective and inflammationcurbing.
Supplement: Aloe Vera Gel is a wholesome supplement with more than 200 beneficial compounds, including Antraquinone Complex that has anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties
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