Inflammation is the body’s natural attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli including damaged cells, irritants or foreign pathogens. It is beneficial at first, However sometimes inflammation can elicit a secondary inflammatory response which is unhealthy for normal bodily function.

Signs of inflammation includes:

  • Redness
  • Heat
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Loss of function

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance found in blood that is a marker for inflammation in the body. High levels of CRP have been associated with an increased risk of heart diseases in many studies, and some researchers believe CRP may be a more important indicator of heart disease risk than high LDL cholesterol. IN fact, about of all heart attacks and strokes in the United States occur among those with relatively normal cholesterol levels, and inflammation response tied to CRP may be a primary factor.

The importance of CRP as a definitive factor in cardiovascular status was reported in the renowned “Jupiter Study” published by Ridker and colleagues in the New England Journal of Medicine (2008, 359:2195-2207). The authors wrote: “Increased levels of the inflammatory biomarker high-sensitivity C-reactive protein predict cardiovascular events. Since statins lower levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein as well as cholesterol, we hypothesized that people with elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels but without hyperlipidemia might benefit from statin treatment.”

Diagnosing high CRP levels and taking steps to help keep them low are important ways to mitigate cardiovascular risk associated with inflammation. The American Heart Association recommends CRP testing when doctors aren’t sure how to treat patients with an immediate risk, such as a 10-20% risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, and some physicians recommend a CRP test every time patients have their cholesterol levels checked. Most experts recommend eating a diet that helps the inflammatory response – high in fruits, vegetables, whole grain fiber and non-meat proteins (including rich in omega-3 fatty acids), low in saturated fats and processed foods.

Along with diet and exercise A number of natural nutritional supplements may also be of help in supporting your bodies natural healthy inflammatory response.

Omega-3 has been found to help the body support its natural inflammatory response along with CoQ10 which has received particular attention with studies citing its potential role to help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Other studies have shown that favorable levels of CoQ10 are associated with enhanced benefits from inflammation treatments, especially in combination with Vitamin E.

The herbal extract Eurycoma Longfolia (TongKat Ali) relationship to energy boosts in some people can help burn fat and contribute to support healthy inflammation.

Studies have shown that Resveratrol and French Maritime pine bark extract possess a potential action in balancing a healthy inflammatory reaction.

Depressed Vitamin D is associated with increased inflammation and intake of Vitamin D supplements have shown to maintain healthy inflammation naturally.

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