Can Individuals Control Inflammation in the Body and Reduce Chronic Illnesses?

Logos 005In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition by a coalition of experts concluded that unresolved inflammation response is likely to be involved from the early stages of disease and controlling it is crucial to human health. They also say nutrition can influence inflammatory processes and help reduce chronic disease risk. Researchers recognize inflammation is a normal process of host defense but that chronic inflammation can lead to a range of chronic illnesses. Thus, prevention or control of low-grade inflammation can be a target of healthy food or food ingredients. The research team looked at new approaches to deal with inflammation in the body and to help quantify how much diet can positively modulate inflammation.

Some of their conclusions follow: 1) individuals with  a deficiency or excess of certain micronutrients such as folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin E, Vitamin B1 and/or zinc  may lead to an ineffective or excessive inflammatory response, 2) high consumption of fat or glucose may cause post-prandial inflammation following meals and may lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and 3) the western style diet high in fat and simple sugars and often poor in specific micro nutrients has been linked to the increase prevalence of diseases that have a strong immunological and autoimmune component, including allergies, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, and obesity.

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