Chronic inflammation treatment

Inflammation works as a defense mechanism, that helps the body protect it from harmful toxins and bacteria and infected cell tissues. But inflammation may also cause severe damage to the healthy tissues that may leave the body vulnerable to other diseases and infections. Both chronic and acute inflammation can have a hefty impact on the tissues. Chronic inflammation is associated with aging, it mostly occurs in patients above 50. It lasts for a long time and may leave plenty of scar tissues, far more than it would have for an acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation may result in severe issues as the body ages. Many doctors tend to overlook it’s severity but there are enough research data that proves just how damaging can chronic inflammation be to an aging body.

There are plenty of other diseases that can be elevated due to chronic inflammation. It provokes insulin resistance, which is the leading cause for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Among the several issues that causes chronic inflammation, obesity plays the major role as fat in the central and abdominal region are actively involved in the production of cytokines, which help inflammation. Infections in body parts such as kidney, liver, bladder, hepatitis, HIV, Lyme disease etc. may also provoke chronic inflammation. Dental plague is often responsible for chronic inflammations as well. It often directs bacteria, toxins and organic acids that may help to aggravate chronic inflammation orally. The toxins present in tobacco are also a leading cause. Chronic inflammation due to smoking may lead to atherosclerosis. Autoimmune Diseases, that makes the immune system react oddly with normal tissues, may initiates further tissue damages that leads to chronic inflammation.

It is important that if chronic inflammation occurs, it should be treated immediately focusing on the root of the cause. A change in lifestyle, such as eating right, losing weight, quitting cigarettes is essential to get good results in the future. One of the main natural resource that can be used to treat chronic inflammation is spices. Different kinds of spices blended in with every meal may help fight the toxins in the body. The anti-oxidants that are present in the spices contain anti-inflammatory components. Adding a pinch in salads, pastas, pizza toppings, stews etc. can not only make a meal exotic and delicious, but help fight chronic inflammation effectively. Spices like rosemary, oregano, bay leaf, parsley, garlic, black pepper etc. contains components that prevents the production of cytokines.

Green tea, which has TF-2, can fight chronic inflammation because it destroys the Cox-2 enzymes responsible for it. At least 4 cups of tea daily helps the body ease the chronic inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids also contain components that prevent the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and Cox-2 enzymes. It contains eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic, which is proven to treat chronic inflammation. Fishes like salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel are the key sources of omega 3.

Serrapeptase, which is retrieved from the intestine of silkworms, are a very popular choice for treating chronic inflammation. It prompts fibrinolytic in the cell tissues and they are more effective than other proteolytic enzymes. Bromelain is an example of another proteolytic enzyme that is derived from pineapples. It helps to reduce the swelling and collection of fluid in the chronic inflammation affected area.

Vitamin E is a very essential component in treating chronic inflammation. A study carried out at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center proved that constant consumption of vitamin E over 3 months period reduced the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, boosted up white blood cell count and also cut of insulin resistance.

Vitamin C also contains anti-inflammatory components. A research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 2006 issue, showed that the presence of vitamin C in the blood cured chronic inflammation at a 45% success rate.

Most of the time Chronic Inflammation Treatments can be done at home, but if any sort of disfiguration, swelling or other irregularity becomes visible it should be considered as medical emergency and professional help must be sought immediately.

Last updated on Jan 29th, 2011 and filed under Immune System. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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