Experts in the medical field are finding that inflammation is at the core of all disease processes. Every chronic disease is an inflammatory disease. No matter what disease you have, inflammation is a major part of the problem. Scientists have linked heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer, to name a few, to chronic inflammation. Research even shows that the inflammation caused by oxidative stress is at the core of autism, down syndrome and many other health issues.
What is inflammation? It is the body’s response to injury, irritation or infection, a natural and healthy process. Chronic inflammation, however, generates a constant supply of free radicals that overwhelm our anti-oxidant defenses and damage DNA, aging us and causing disease of every description. Just cut an apple open and leave it on the counter for an hour. The effects of oxidative stress, free radical damage, have set in. Inflammation s culprits are: Infection, milk products, physical activity, fat cells, allergies, hydrogenated oils, non inflammatory drugs, infections, chronic stress. It is proposed that we suffer from disease because the common diet is lacking antioxidants and other nutrients that help to prevent and control inflammation.
Here are a few perspectives from the medical world:
a) Raymond Francis is an MIT-trained scientist, a registered nutrition consultant, author of “Never Be Sick Again, says that if you want to prevent disease, or if you want to get well, consume a diet high in a variety of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds and that you should take high quality anti-inflammatory supplements. He says that you should supplement with antioxidant nutrients: omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B complex (including folic acid, B6 and B12), C, D, and E, plus beta-carotene, CoQ10, curcumin, quercitin, selenium, N-acetylcysteine, and alpha-lipoic acid. There are more findings that link inflammation to disease. These are only a few.
b) Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School says, “The results are very compelling and support the notion that neurovascular damage and inflammation are key drivers of risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”
c) James Hendrix, director of the global science initiative for the Alzheimer’s Association, observes that the link between autoimmune diseases and vascular dementia is “something new” and could implicate chronic inflammation as a possible cause of progressive dementia.
d) Chronic inflammation from autoimmune diseases may also act as a trigger for dementia. Strong backing for the idea that the decline seen in neurodegenerative diseases is sometimes caused by persistent inflammation originating in an uncontrolled, overactive immune system, says professor Robert Richards from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
My question is, will we ever be able to eat enough food, refine our diets enough, rid our bodies of environmental toxins and take enough supplements (or the right supplements) to reduce the damage of inflammation, reduce free radical damage and actually contribute to longer healthier lives?
Here’s what I see so far.
- Inflammation is at the heart of every disease process.
- The Nrf2 protein in the body has the power to turn on the genes in our bodies to produce our own antioxidant responses to fight inflammation.
Pubmed.gov has 1,000’s of peer reviewed studies on Nrf2.
- We have 2 choices: a) We can take our antioxidants to reduce the damage to our cells and protect ourselves OR b) We can make our own God given antioxidants through activating Nrf2 protein. Therefore, we can take our antioxidants and kill a free radical, or we can make our antioxidants and rid our system of millions of free radicals.
My vote goes to Nrf2 activation over supplementation. If we all were able to activate this protein in our bodies we can be healing ourselves from the inside out.
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