Is Chronic Inflammation the Root Problem?
The news is filled with emerging research about inflammation in the body and its negative impact on health. What does this mean? Inflammation is a natural response your body uses to protect itself, fight off infection, and speed up healing. You've experienced your body's inflammatory response if you've ever had a fever, a sore throat with swollen glands, or an infected cut that's become red and warm to the touch.
This is a typical (acute) inflammatory response; a sign your body's immune system is resolving the problem. Your body requires some level of inflammation as part of the normal process of living. However, too much can create imbalances. Chronic inflammation occurs when your immune system, instead of resetting back to a normal range, continues to produce inflammatory markers, prompting your white blood cells to attack healthy tissues and organs. Chronic inflammation generally "flies" below the threshold of pain and visible symptoms. But it wreaks havoc on the body by increasing C-reactive protein, which increases the risks of heart diseases like atherosclerosis. Inflammation impacts diabetes by causing more insulin resistance, aggravating diabetes symptoms and, in some cases, can also be the root cause of the first stages of Type II Diabetes. Uncontrolled chronic inflammation is now recognized as a predominant factor in Alzheimer's disease. The sustained immune response in the brain causes brain "macrophages", which overproduce cells and affect the healing process of brain cells. Digestive and bowel disorders are often caused by inflammation (IBS, colitis, Crohn's) as well as lung disorders, whereby the inflammatory response causes fluid to accumulate in the lungs, narrowing the airways. The most obvious signs of chronic inflammation are the various forms of arthritis because you can visibly see the effects and feel the pain. However, other symptoms of chronic inflammation could include skin rashes, eye inflammation, hair loss and dry mouth and difficulty losing weight (negatively influencing hunger signals and slowing down metabolism).
Herbal Supplements Can Reduce Inflammation
Curcumin supplements are the most popular choice for reducing inflammation and for good reason. Curcumin is well researched for its ability to inhibit the body's production of inflammatory-signalling compounds. Using curcumin can help slow the body's production of eicosanoids (inflammatory compounds), which brings levels back to normal, and as a result, chronic systemic inflammation in the body significantly decreases. The healing benefits of curcumin are very dependent on the raw materials used in the product and how they are processed to ensure the product is bioavailable (how much you absorb).
Natural Factors has a full line of curcumin-based product to support the various forms of inflammation affecting your body. Natural Factors Whole Body Optimizer supports the whole body with therapeutic Theracurmin, omega-3 EPA/DHA, Boswellia, InflamRelief complex, and astaxanthin, for a multifaceted approach to whole-body inflammatory wellness. CurcuminRich Memory Optimizercontains antioxidant Theracurmin, ResveratrolRich®, bioactive quercetin (EMIQ), bacopa, and other vital brain-boosting nutrients. Natural Factors CurcuminRich Joint Optimizer combines Theracurmin with Boswellia, white willow bark, devil's claw, and InflamRelief for natural joint pain relief and function. As with all supplements, it is essential to discuss any concerns or possible interactions with your presently prescribed medications.
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