"Two studies an ocean apart illustrate the growing importance of inflammation as a contributor to heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, according to a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine......."
Gary Moller Comments:
Inflammation is the process by which the body responds to injury. Some studies suggest that inflammation is important in atherosclerosis. This is the process in which fatty deposits build up in the lining of arteries. The end result can be heart attack or stroke.
Current medical treatment for reducing cardiovascular risk almost always involves cholesterol lowering medication, commonly statins. There is some evidence that statins reduce markers of inflammation by about 15% as well as reducing cholesterol levels. The usual advice about eating your fruit and vegetables is given passing attention within the treatment mix. I am certainly not endorsing statins for lowering heart disease risk because these drugs can and do have some pretty nasty side effects that I will write about in another article. Why prescribe expensive and potentially dangerous drugs when there is so much that one can do for oneself naturally? A lot more than just 15%.
To discourage inflammation naturally
- Eat plenty of anti-oxidant-packed foods such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, carrots, peppers. (I recommend the Pams frozen berries from Pack 'n Save for best value).
- Add extra vitamin C to your diet by way of a daily supplement
- Eat flaxseed, wheat germ and walnuts
- Supplement your diet with Omega 3 oils like flax seed, fish and olive oil
- Eat fish, particularly the oily ones 2 or more times a week
- Reduce pro-inflammatory foods such as meat, sugar, white flour and fried and fast foods
- Get your vitamin D levels tested. If the resulting figure is below 50, you must get these boosted.
- If you have a chronic infection of any kind, get it treated properly