Science is finding new supplements for inflammation.
You have likely heard about taking vitamin D3 and omega fish oils against inflammation -- for the immune system and the heart and the brain.
Lesser known are the immune regulating proteins against chronic inflammation. What are these?
But now scientists have also discovered that there are special proteins that have disease-fighting properties beyond the normal protein “growth factors.”
But first, what exactly is the problem to be solved?
What do Alzheimers Disease, cancer, a heart attack and stroke, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn's Disease all have in common?
What is inflammation? It is an immediate emergency response from our immune system, as a defense against infection or getting hurt, with a sprained ankle or a wound.
What is chronic inflammation? When our immune system does not "shut off" but continues to mount a low key "attack" on our own cells -- in our arteries, brain, joints or organs.
We all know inflammation from a wound or a sprained ankle. The immune system goes into high gear to protect against bacteria and to help heal.
The immune system does not "calm down" but remains in "high gear," and causes damage to our tissues -- the lining of the arteries, our joints, and our heart and brains!
Diet and supplements for inflammation can help re-balance the immune system to calm it down to "cruising" rather than "over drive" and in effect slow down the process of aging!
Chronic inflammation happens when our immune system constantly pumps out "cytokines."
These cytokines wall off the affected area so that damaged cells flow out and oxygen and nutrients flow in for healing. If there is an infection, the immune system will create antibodies and T cells to fight it.
But now to the long-term problem:
When the immune system constantly pumps out cytokines to try to fix problems that it can't, this causes chronic inflammation.
For instance, with aging, our coronary arteries get little cracks or lesions. The body interprets these cracks as a wound, so to help out, the immune system sends out cytokines to heal these lesions.
Trouble is that inside the arteries these cells only make the problem worse! The cytokines add inflammation which sets the stage for the formation of plaque that eventually causes a heart attack or a stroke.
What happens in the real world as a result of this inflammation?
As we get older, it becomes more important to keep inflammation down by lifestyle choices and with supplements for inflammation.
There are many new theories about depression being caused by "cytokine-driven inflammation" of the brain. Alzheimers Disease and vascular dementia are also being studied for these inflammatory causes.
How to calm "emergency" inflammation signals?
This idea was made popular by gastroenterologist Alessio Fasano, from Massachusetts:
Gluten can cause anything from skin irritation to fatigue, anxiety and insulin resistance.
Unfortunately, there is more -- fat cells are big time culprits!
According to Christiaan Leewenburgh, chief of the Division of Biology of Aging at the University of Florida, it is fat cells that are the big problem.
Even if you exercise regularly, if you put on 5 extra pounds, this can spell trouble, according to Dr. Leewenburgh. What happens next?
Both life style choices and supplements for inflammation can help us stem the tide, and help us push back the clock!
If we eat a healthy diet, deal with stress and keep our blood pressure low, there will be fewer "emergency" cytokines and adipokines to cause problems!
Here's the New Kid on the Block: Cytokine-regulating proteins to the rescue!
Fortunately there are discoveries of how to help the body regulate its own immune response to calm down its "cytokine" attacks!
Here's what they have found to calm down those "cytokines!"
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